ADVOCACY

Diwa Mental Health influences thinkers and doers. My goal is to encourage the ways in which others think about Philippine mental health. Is it truly transformative, or is it merely ameliorative? Bringing mental health care closer to the barangay is not community-based mental health. But many people seem to think so. Providing greater access to more affordable psychiatric medication is not community-based mental health. But many people seem to think so. Seeing mental health as 'special' and believing that people with mental health problems are 'vulnerable' do more harm than good. When your definition of 'mental health' directly links to illness or disorders, that is an example of stigma. And why is sikolohiyang Pilipino on the sidelines? These are foundational to my advocacies in other areas, including HIV/AIDS, LGBT mental health, and school-based as well as university wellness.