De­pres­sion aware­ness urged

Palawan News - - POLICE REPORT - By Gil­lian Faye Ibañez Re­porter

Par­ents and teach­ers should work to­gether to raise their aware­ness on de­pres­sion to save lives, a guid­ance coun­selor of Palawan State Univer­sity-Of­fice of Stu­dent Af­fairs (PSU-OSAS) said.

Pro­fes­sor Lu­cia Fres­nillo said with­out proper guid­ance of par­ents and teach­ers, “stu­dents who are de­pressed might at­tempt to in­flict harm on them­selves.”

She ex­plained young peo­ple in the age range 12-20 years old are the ones “sus­cep­ti­ble to de­pres­sion,” Fres­nillo said.

“Hindi lang ito con­cern ng guid­ance coun­selor, but of course ng par­ents, kailan­gan [ay] nandiyan [din]. Sa teach­ers, malak­ing fac­tor din [sila] ta­laga… they should not only fo­cus sa aca­demic ori­en­ta­tion, but they should also reach out [to their stu­dents],” she said.

Fres­nillo said teach­ers who con­sid­ered “ter­ror” also causes de­pres­sion, she said adding that teach­ers should be like “par­ents to them, a coun­selor, and a friend.”

De­pres­sion, she pointed out, “is a pro­longed and per­sis­tent emo­tional ten­sion that neg­a­tively af­fects the mood, per­cep­tion, feel­ings, and per­for­mance in the daily tasks re­quired of a per­son suf­fer­ing from it.”

Fres­nillo also said par­ents and teach­ers should be aware of the symp­toms of de­pres­sion such as ex­tended du­ra­tion of gloom and sad­ness, ac­com­pa­nied by the loss of in­ter­est to­wards the ac­tiv­i­ties a stu­dent used to en­joy.

She added that it is the chal­lenges of the tran­si­tion from child­hood to adult­hood that of­ten strains the stu­dents.

There should be a safe at­mos­phere where stu­dents can openly speak his/her heart out as an out­let of his/her emo­tion lessens de­pres­sion, she said.

The guid­ance of an adult will al­low the stu­dents to cope with the chal­lenges at hand, and di­min­ish stress and anx­i­ety, she also said

“Es­pe­cially ka­pag high school, ‘yong emo­tional and so­cial as­pects nila ay [da­pat] mai-strengthen ta­laga, [and] how to cope up with stress. Min­san ke­lan­gan lang ta­laga ng kausap,” she said.

Teach­ers or par­ents who sees un­usual be­hav­iors in their stu­dents and chil­dren that they sus­pect as de­pres­sion, “must im­me­di­ately re­fer them to the OSAS coun­sel­ing di­vi­sion for proper care and ac­tions to be taken.:

Glaiza Se­batna, coun­selor of the PSU- Of­fice on Women, Gen­der and De­vel­op­ment (OWGAD) said her of­fice is will­ing to part­ner with OSAS in dis­sem­i­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion on men­tal health.

A stu­dent suf­fer­ing from any emo­tional or men­tal is­sues can call their AKAP Helpline at 0916-1551030.

AKAP Helpline helps the youth deal with re­la­tion­ship prob­lems, fam­ily is­sues, work-re­lated stress, al­co­holism and chem­i­cal de­pen­dency, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, sex­ual abuse or ha­rass­ment, and bul­ly­ing.

Se­batna said de­pres­sion is an ill­ness aris­ing from com­pli­cated is­sues root­ing caused by en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial, and even bi­o­log­i­cal fac­tors.

How­ever, she said de­pres­sion is usu­ally trig­gered by con­cerns that their of­fice is will­ing to help by re­fer­ring them to the proper agen­cies to give so­lu­tions to their prob­lems.

“Ka­pag may prob­lema, ma­g­a­nda ang ther­apy na tinatawag na ‘talkit-out’ so ke­lan­gan mo siyang il­abas. Ikuwento mo siya, mag­ing close ka sa fam­ily mo, or sa sup­port group mo. Huwag kang mag-iisa. Iwasan mong mag-isa,” Se­batna said.

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