National Center for Mental Health Launches Hotline for Mental Health

This is a win for Mental Health in the country as we celebrate the launch of the National Center for Mental Health’s hotline.

The hotline can be reached through the following numbers:

0917-899-USAP (8727) 
0917-989-8727

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How Are We Addressing Anxiety?

How Are We Addressing Anxiety?

With the rise of anxiety, depression, and worse, suicide, in our country today, it is apparent that the work of psychiatry and psychology are even more important in the health care setting.  How can we better train our practitioners to look for the signs and symptoms that will help individuals take concrete steps to protecting their mental health? Instead of cancelling out their experience or downplaying it? 

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3 Basic Tools for Surviving Life's Changing Tides

A few weeks ago, I attended a Crew Conference for the Maritime industry, where they had all kinds of high-tech, life size simulations for training the seafarer. Everything was built and designed to help the seafarer navigate and read data precisely as it comes up. As you can imagine, these vessels are huge - about the length of a 20 - 30 story building. And if you watched Titanic, then you know how steering such a large vessel and making the right calls are  equally important, otherwise, accidents can happen. Aside from hitting icebergs, ships can collide with one another, and when crew men take safety on board for granted, engine rooms can spark and lead to combustion.

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Addressing Depression, Anxiety, Hypertension, and Addiction through Acudetox

Since the protocol was developed, new studies have shown hope for suicidal individuals. Today, the Indian military uses the protocol to treat officers who may have PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), suicidal thoughts, and depression.  It is remarkable just how much this protocol can do as psychiatric hospitals across Northern Europe have now included this in their treatment; seeing a significant reduction in the use of benzodiazepine medication to sedate indviduals. 

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Are You Addicted to Being Busy?

It appears as if being busy hasn't just cut us from things, but has also made us seem a little more important. And the worst part is, we thrive on it like a drug that keeps us high on the thrill of keeping ourselves occupied, seemingly working hard, hustling, beating the buzzer, and earning what we deserve. It's almost as if worth and recognition are synonymous with the word busy / occupied / unavailable. Because when we are occupied, demand is high for our attention, so we can then project a false sense of increased value. And the false sense of importance is what tends to get us hooked. 

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3 Ways to Anchor Ourselves When The Storm Hits

Managing our emotional thunderstorms differ from situation to situation. When we deal with the natural current of things, we manage to anchor quite well. But how can we strengthen our anchor to prepare us for the bigger waves? 

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A Closer Look at Depression

In Asia alone 450 million people suffer from a mental illness or neurological disorder, with the Philippines having the highest incidence rate of depression in Southeast Asia (WHO, 2011). There are about 4.5 million Filipinos today who are reported to have depression with only 1 in 3 who seek help.  

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