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Early this year, we shared a post regarding UST offering free psychological services even to non-Thomasians. This month, we're happy to have found this post from Facebook user Charlene Mae Arkaina, saying that the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) offers free psychiatric consultation, too!Not only that, ...
We don't invent stories for the sake of likes. We write the pain as we go through it because the process of letting out what we think and feel at the moment helps us heal.
As I've said before, depression is an illness just like how cancer is an illness.Like fluid released from a ruptured cyst, it will permeate your brain until you can no longer take the pain. You won't know when it'll hit you and ...
Plus, two real-life stories from those who have experienced it.
"You're just over-reacting!""BIPOLAR!""Mental illness is not real."Are you tired of hearing these things?We've all experienced having a bad day (or two, or thirty), and it's easy to dismiss it as just that: a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, just like ...
Practice kindness and compassion all the time.
Most people think that depression is merely a state of mind that can easily be brushed off by a positive attitude, but that isn't always the case. People who suffer from depression aren't "begging for attention" or are "just sad" at the moment; it's ...
Sometimes, it's even unnoticeable.
Some people think that depression is all about pushing people away, being lonely, and having suicidal thoughts, and while those are some possible indicators, there's another side to mental illnesses that isn't as noticeable. If you can do well in school, yet suddenly ...
Because friends who are supportive and understanding can make all the difference in another friend's mental health recovery process.
Society often misunderstands people with mental illness because recognizing its symptoms can be quite difficult. They are often characterized only as intense personality traits or confused as mood swings. There are a lot of false information circulating and stereotypes formulated about mental ...
Applauding this social responsibility!
Today in proof that things are looking up: Barbie just talked about a mental health issue! Feeling blue, to be specific, but we'll take it. We all know that Barbie is known to be many things. She's always seen as happy, positive, ...
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19 senators UNANIMOUSLY approved the bill.
The Senate has approved on third and final reading Senate Bill No. 1354 or the Philippine Mental Health Act of 2017.Senate Majority Leader Vicente 'Tito' Sotto III is the principal author of the bill and his co-authors are Senators Loren Legarda, Antonio Trillanes IV, Bam ...
RIP, Princess Leia.
Just when we thought 2016 couldn't get any worse, it drags along Carrie Fisher (more popularly known as Star Wars' Princess Leia and also the mother of Scream Queens' Chanel # 3) with it on its way out.Carrie was loved for so ...
It's empowering!
We love that Demi Lovato has been nothing but vocal about her struggles with addiction, cutting, and bipolar and eating disorders, but we love her more because she's so generous in sharing the lessons and advice about what she makes of those ...
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When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.

You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.

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You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?

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