COTABATO CITY — The Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) conducted today, May 16, a lecture on mental health and psychosocial support in the workplace to strengthen the well-being of its employees.
Sarah Jane A. Deocampo, Mental Health Specialist from the Ministry of Health (MOH-BARMM), shared the importance of a person’s mental well-being, emphasizing that stress is a normal reaction to a physical and emotional challenge that occurs when demands are out of balance.
“If you feel symptoms of mental illness, do not be shy to approach those at mental health provider to be given the right advice about it,” she said.
Deocampo also underscored the coping mechanisms that every employee must have to maintain a healthy mind and well-being.
During an open forum, one of the female participants suggested that there should be programs for those people who cannot afford to consult a private specialist.
“Dapat magkaroon din tayo ng mga programa na kung saan matutulungan ang mga tao na kapos sa pinansyal para sa pagpapagamot dahil alam naman natin na mahal ang konsultasyon sa mga mental health specialist,” she stressed.
Moreover, Engr. Mohajirin T. Ali, Director General of the BPDA, reminded the employees to strengthen teamwork and coordination between the staff and their supervisors to maintain a stress-free workplace. (BPDA-BARMM)