At 1:00 pm, the Vice President attended the Alliance of Filipino Families for Mental Health Inc.’s (AFFMHI): 4thFamily Congress on Mental Health at the Philippine Red Cross Headquarters, Mandaluyong City. AFFMHI is a national, umbrella organization dedicated to supporting and sustaining the recovery journey of mental health patients by empowering families and patients through different avenues such as self-help groups, workshops, educational materials, research, and other various treatment services such as psychosocial educational and rehabilitation intervention activities. The event was in cooperation with the University of the Philippines’ Bukas Puso at Isip Family Support Group. It aims to focus on helping patients and their families in their journey toward recovery.
In her message, the Vice President mentioned the Office of the Vice President’s programs that respond to people’s mental health needs. “So last year, we started collaborating with the Philippine Mental Health Association there and the Provincial Government tapos we started this year the facility. Maliit pa lang, 100 square-meters ang umpisa. Pero iyong 100 square-meters, may initial na ise-service na 92. 92. Hindi naman lahat iyon, hindi naman lahat stay-in. Pero at least mayroon nang doktor, mayroon nang mga health personnel, etcetera…Nag-run kami ng Angat Buhay Youth program and maganda naman… pinapa-pitch namin ng programs iyong mga bata. May
mga mental health programs na pinitch. Mayroon kaming Project Gifted in Lipa na iyong mga—[to audience] Kasama kayo doon?—mayroon kami sa Lipa na Project Gifted, sila naman, ito, hindi lang mental health pero iba pang disabilities. Ito, therapy through music. Nag-create sila ng symphony. Symphony para sa kanila. Mayroon naman sa Mindanao, art therapy for mental patients. Mayroon ding psychosocial services in Marawi for one of the youth programs that we have.”