The Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF) is encouraging individuals experiencing signs of mental health issues to seek professional help from the Bacolod City Mental Health Care Center (BMHC).
Bereavement, isolation, loss of income, and fear during COVID-19 pandemic are triggering mental health conditions or exacerbating existing ones, EOC-TF Executive Director Em Ang pointed out.
Many people may be facing increased levels of alcohol and drug use, insomnia and anxiety, she said.
“Losing someone important to us due to COVID can be emotionally devastating – whether a partner, a family member, or a friend,” she continued.
When COVID cases were at its highest, many had lost their lives, she said.
As the pandemic wears on, necessary public health measures expose many people to experiencing situations linked to poor mental health outcomes, such as isolation and job loss.
Isolation due to pandemic restrictions also affect mental health and well-being, such as difficulty sleeping or eating, and worsening chronic conditions that may lead to more stressful episodes.
“The effects of COVID-19 do not only limit one’s physical condition but also a person’s psychological state. The EOC-TF, therefore, closely coordinates with the BCMHC under Dr. Romeo Orcajada Jr., a psychiatrist, to help those who are suffering from mental and emotional conditions, Ang added.
The BMHC, which is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, can be reached through tel. no. (034)700 0647.
Studies cited by the World Health Organization showed that depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
Some of the symptoms an individual may experience when having depression include:
- Persistent sadness
- Loss of interest in activities people usually enjoy
- Difficulty carrying out everyday activities
- Loss of energy
- Change in appetite
- Sleeping more or less
- Difficulty concentrating
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
“If you think you have depression, talk to someone you trust about how you feel or seek professional help. Mental health clinic is just one call away,” Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC deputy for medical and data analysis, said.
“Depression can be treated. Don’t be afraid to seek help. With the right support, you can get better,” She added.
Acting City Health Officer, Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr., said it is important to try keeping up with activities that you normally enjoy while following minimum health protocols and stay connected with friends and family virtually./WDJ