BCMHCC underscores value of sound mental health

A sound mental health is important as “there is no health without mental health”, according to a mental health care expert.

Psychologist Joeanne Marie Jomalesa of the Bacolod City Mental Health Care Center (BCMHCC) - City Health Office (CHO) emphasized, “We should treat mental health equal to physical health because we can’t fully say we are healthy if we are not mentally healthy.”

“Mental health includes emotional, psychological and social well-being that affects how we think, feel and act,” Jomalesa said.

Among the helpful ways that maintain a positive mental health are: practicing a healthy lifestyle, maintaining positive relationships and avoiding toxic people, taking a break, reaching out, accepting who you are and the things you can barely control, setting of realistic goals, and learning to cope positively.

The BCMHCC, for its part, continues to campaign for mental health awareness through lectures, open fora, workshops and television and radio interviews on various topics under mental health such as anxiety and depression, bullying, illegal drug use, stress management, suicide, among others.

Apart from providing holistic mental health care to clients, the BCMHCC likewise offers capability building activities to health care personnel through the Mental Health Gap Program of the World Health Organization (WHO).

This program enables health and allied workers of the government to be knowledgeable in detecting mental health problems in their areas and be able to discern when and to whom they would refer the client.

For inquiries regarding the program, contact BCMHCC at (034) 446-0474.*(JSC/PIA6 Negros Occidental)