Our very own Dr. Rucelle Zuniega was recently interviewed by ABS-CBN News as one of the medical experts to confirm the rise of OCD cases during the pandemic and weigh in on the importance of OCD awareness to break the stigma around this disease.
“Aside from the people with OCD experiencing an exacerbation of their symptoms, many also experience the emergence of new symptoms focused on COVID-19. So, health-related yung symptoms nila and particularly health-related sa Covid,” she said.
Dr. Rucelle also warned people against loosely using the term “OC” or “OCD” when referring to people who are clean and organized, saying this “minimizes” the “severity” of the illness as the grim reality of it is being overshadowed by the wrong use of the term.
For the full news story see https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/19/22/disinfecting-until-it-hurts-ocd-cases-rise-as-covid-19-lingers
In Touch’s Foreign Liaison Program recently joined the International School Manila (ISM) Bearcat Welcome Event held in their BGC campus. The booth set up held large banners, signages, post-it affirmations and stickers–all to promote mental health in commemoration of Suicide Prevention Awareness.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Cards that offered tips on how to identify and help those in crisis were given out to help equip students and teachers alike with the necessary knowledge to make a change. Prior to the actual event, different programs at In Touch (Youth Advocacy, Internship, Helpline and Employee Wellness) got together to discuss on the best way to promote mental health to the new ISM parents and students.
“We talked about things that mattered to us, things that are important for this Suicide Prevention Awareness. I had a feeling of sisterhood and an implicit understanding across cultures.” said one of In Touch expat volunteer, Marie-Louise Sauerberg.
The event saw through parents and students alike with our “Mental Health Matters!” message at the forefront of our booth. In an effort to raise awareness and educate the public, all 143 booth visitors were given information on In Touch’s mental health services; Counseling, Crisis Line, Training, and Employee Wellness. This is to promote that help is here and resources are
available. Visitors are also encouraged to consider volunteering their time and skills to become part of our Mental Health Advocates’ community.
For any mental health services inquiry please don’t hesitate to call our office at these numbers:
02-8893-1893 / 0917-863-1136 / 0956-053-4257 (M - F, 9 AM - 5 PM) - or - you may email us at email@example.com.
For counseling appointment requests, call:
(+63 2) 8893-1893 / 0917-863-1136 / 0998-841-0053
Kindly note that these numbers are only available for calls and unable to receive messages