De Lima wants inquiry on rise of mental health incidents during COVID-19 pandemic

De Lima wants inquiry on rise of mental health incidents during COVID-19 pandemic

The detained senator in Camp Crame in Quezon city has a new advocacy in mind.
Opposition senator Leila De Lima is pushing for a Senate inquiry into a reported rise in mental health incidents amid this pandemic we are in brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

Through Senate Resolution No. 439,De Lima is pushing for an investigation and also a review of the Republic Act No. 11036, or the Mental Health Act, in order to craft and integrate a more comprehensive mental health strategy in relation to the government’s response to the crisis.

Opposition senator Leila De Lima
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“Issues on mental health are far deeper than we think and imagine, and reek more intensely in our society as everyone is mandated to be confined at home. Everyone has all the time to be alone with their minds during a pandemic when nothing is certain, and the future is still a blur,” De Lima said in a statement

“COVID-19 affected millions of people worldwide. It is one big invisible enemy that malevolently attacks every aspect of our health. It causes turmoil of emotions and storms of anxiety which is greatly affecting our mental health,” she added.

Citing data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that over 100 million people “suffer from mental disorders in the Western Pacific region, including the Philippines, with depressive disorders accounting for 5.73% of mental disorders in the region.”

As per the senator the country has only one psychiatrist for every 250,000 population which she said is “very far” from the ideal ratio of one psychiatrist to 50,000 population.

“Everyone right now, from our healthcare frontliners, members of the labor sector, up to those who are staying at home, are all experiencing different levels of grief, stress, confusion and anxiety and it is ultimately our duty to ensure that their mental health are not compromised during a pandemic,” De Lima said.

“Our much vaunted resilience is a direct result of our capacity to properly process the challenges that meet our country. Thus, there is a need to ensure that the mental health of our country is not being ignored,” she added.

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