Frontliners urged: Use USC’s mental health support page

USC Mental Health Support for COVID-19 Frontliners can help them cope with stress

By: Immae Lachica - General Assignments Reporter/CDN Digital | March 21,2020 - 03:23 PM

This is the logo for the USC's FB page for the mental health of frontliners in COVID-19 crisis.

CEBU CITY, Philippines— After a few days of its making, the USC Mental Health Support for COVID-19 Frontliners encourages frontliners out there to make use of the page for their mental health.

Dr. Sherrly Muli-Abellanosa, told CDN Digital that since its conception last March 16 only a few of our frontliners have reached their page.

“When it comes to responding to COVID-19 crisis, mental health is just as important as physical health. Mental health pertains to our cognition (the way we think), our emotions (the way we feel), our behavior and our social well-being. Mental health determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices,” said Abellanosa.

She also added that the frontliners should not hesitate to communicate with them and assured them that their consultation would be highly confidential.

Read more: USC forms Facebook group to cater to mental health of frontliners

“Medical practitioners acknowledge the detrimental effect of stress to our physical health. Negative stress may lead to somatic symptoms such as headache, stomachache, backache which may cause major emotional distress and problems in functioning,” she added.

Read more: Our heartfelt “thank you” to our brave front liners

That’s why she is encouraging our frontliners to make use of the page.

Frontliners can just visit the page, send them a message and in a few minutes there will be a volunteer in-charge to accommodate your message or your inquiries.

So to all our frontliners out there, visit USC Mental Health Support for COVID-19 Frontliners Facebook page so they too can help you in maintaining your good mental health in dire times like this. /dbs

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