On November 16, 2019, SIFI conducted a Mental Health Awareness Seminar at PASPAI Office in Dolores, San Fernando, Pampanga participated by North Luzon scholars representing various mills and planters’ associations. The seminar was facilitated by Ms. June Rivera from the Angeles University Foundation.
The scholars tackled raising awareness for ill-mental health, tools and guidance for daily wellbeing-management and removing the stigma surrounding mental health. These topics are intended to mold the scholars into productive and aware citizens who understand the importance of mental health training, and the factors that trigger poor mental health. Through the role-playing sessions, they also learn how to deal with anxiety, depression and stress.
The seminar was composed of progressive activities such as the “Boss of Clay” which aimed to identify the anxiety of scholars by using clay as the medium to create and represent the issues as well as how to manage them. Another session was on the “Gratitude Quotes” wherein each scholar was assigned to create his own quote and share his personal reflection in order to deepen his or her social awareness and development.
Lastly, the participants were tasked to write and develop their personal and individual “Self-Care Plan” which could help them enhance their mental health and well-being, improve their stress management, and maintain their professionalism with positive self-care in the long term.