“Seeking help from mental health professionals”


The Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center (EOC-TF) working group encourages people with signs of mental health problems to seek help from a professional at the Mental Health Center of the City of Bacolod. Bacolod City (BCMHC).

Em Ang, director of EOC-TF, said in a statement that grief, isolation, loss of income and fear during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic are triggering mental health issues or exacerbate those that already exist.

She said many people could face increased levels of alcohol and drug use, insomnia and anxiety.

“Losing someone important to us to Covid-19 can be emotionally devastating – whether it’s a partner, family member or friend,” he said. she declared.

Ang noted that as the pandemic continues, necessary public health measures expose many people to situations related to poor mental health outcomes, such as isolation and job loss.

“When the Covid cases were at their highest level, many had lost their lives,” the EOC chief said.

Ang stressed that the effects of Covid-19 not only limit a person’s physical condition but also the psychological state of a person.

The EOC-TF coordinates closely with the BCMHC under the guidance of Dr Romeo Orcajada Jr., a psychiatrist, to help those suffering from mental and emotional disorders.

Some of the symptoms that a person may experience when suffering from depression include persistent sadness, loss of interest in activities that people usually enjoy, difficulty in performing daily activities, loss of energy, modification appetite, varying amounts of sleep, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of harming or killing yourself.

The BCMHC can be contacted by Tel. N ° (034) 700 0647. The center is open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, Orcajada said.

“If you think you are suffering from depression, talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling or seek professional help. A mental health clinic is just a phone call away,” he also said. said Dr Chris Sorongon, EOC Assistant for EOC-TF Medical and Data Analysis. noted.

He said depression can be treated.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. With the right support, you can get better,” he added.

Dr Edwin Miraflor Jr., head of the city’s health unit, also said it’s important to try and keep up with the activities you normally enjoy while following minimal health protocols and stay in virtual contact with them. your friends and family.

“When the whole community is vaccinated against Covid, including other cities in the province, we can slowly return to normal. By the time we achieve collective immunity, we can slowly do normal things face to face. and let us relax our restrictions a bit, ”he said.


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