It’s Okay to Not be Okay: A Webinar on Mental Health Awareness. A timely topic for the youth of this generation. The online seminar was held on the 9th of August, by Dra. Joyce Joyas. The objective of the webinar was to advocate the audience that a person with mental health issues has the same rights and opportunities as other members of the community.

“Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.” (Lisa Olivera). Your encouragement and support can play an important role to someone who experiences mental disorders. Overwhelming stress and sadness can lead a person to depression. That said, your reassurance and companionship can be very helpful to your loved one’s recovery. According to the World Health Organization, 10-20% of children and adolescents worldwide, experience mental disorders.

We need to provide a positive environment for our loved ones so that we can prevent the growth of their negative emotions. To those who are mentally troubled, we encourage you to share what you feel with your closest relatives and take down any barrier that prevents you from functioning. Understanding someone with depression isn’t just caring but also sharing empathy.

Anyone can be a victim of depression. May it be family, friends, loved ones, or even strangers, we must help each other to cope and recover from this mental illness. Hurting yourself or someone else isn't going to change anything. We must also treat a person with mental health issues the same way as we treat other members of the community, school, or church. Like Glenn Close once said, “What mental health need is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”.

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