More Provisions for Mental Health Care of College Students Pushed

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More Provisions for Mental Health Care of College Students Pushed


By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Citing the increasing need for mental health care among students, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya has sought the recruitment, hiring and training of additional university-based mental health personnel.

The neophyte lawmaker lamented that there is a lack of awareness and provisions for mental health care in universities.

"The lack of legislation, according to leading psychologists and psychiatrists, may well be among the reasons our suicide rate continues to increase," Gasataya said.

He noted that, in 2004 alone, the Department of Health (DOH) recorded over 4.5 million cases of depression.

"The DOH further reported that only 30 of every 90 of depressives will seek medical help, while the other 60 will be ashamed to seek help because of the stigma associated with the illness," he said.

Gasataya is pushing for the passage of House Bill 6768 or the proposed Universities and Colleges Mental Health Act.

"Despite the alarming state of mental health in the country, there are only 490 psychiatrists for our entire population of more than 100 million, and their services remain inaccessible to the poor due to costly consultations," he said. …

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