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Rappler's latest stories on mental health


Detours from home: Curbing adulthood anxiety with a childhood hobby

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:54 PM

I know that at least within the confines of paper, I can shape my anxiety into a figure of joy

UK teen who threw French boy off gallery balcony jailed for life

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:35 PM

(UPDATED) The teenager says he carried out the attack because he had not been given proper treatment for mental health issues

Fil-Ams on the frontlines: New York healthcare workers look after each other

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:01 PM

In New York and New Jersey alone, 1 in every 4 Filipinos works in healthcare. They create their own resources to take care of their mental health amid the pandemic.

PH athletes build resilience in pandemic

Jun 21, 2020 - 11:14 AM

As the pandemic continues, athletes get creative and explore other roles in sports to keep themselves busy

PH Army opens mental health center for soldiers

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Nearly two months since the killing of war-traumatized soldier Winston Ragos, the Philippine Army sets up a mental health and resilience program for its troops

GRIEVING. Merlyn Ragos (C), mother of the late Corporal Winston Ragos, joins the Philippine Army in launching its mental health center for soldiers in Taguig City. Photo from the Philippine Army

Detours from home: It’s a dark time, so I color

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:24 AM

In which a fangirl colors manga pages to cope with the pandemic stress

NCMH records spike in mental health consults during coronavirus lockdown

Jun 08, 2020 - 10:53 PM

National Center for Mental Health psychiatrist Bernard Argamosa says their crisis hotline received an average of 30 to 35 calls per day and 400 calls per month during the lockdown

QUARANTINE. Commuters enter Metro Manila through the community quarantine control point at the Susana Heights-SLEX exit during the Metro Manila lockdown on March 16, 2020. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

[OPINION] We have a ton of time now – so why are we more anxious?

May 28, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'The fear of death itself is not what is crippling us during this time; it is the fear of not being who we truly are'

Detours from home: Baking to feel a little less lonely

May 27, 2020 - 4:38 PM

Seeing the yeast bloom, smelling vanilla, touching the fermenting dough brings me comfort

[OPINION] How do you practice non-toxic positivity?

May 21, 2020 - 1:15 PM

'How can we keep positive in a way that affirms the fortitude of the human spirit?'

[OPINION] Education for compassion: In defense of mass promoting students

May 12, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'We are not being kind to our students and teachers by making them produce schoolwork – we are exposing them to further psychological distress that school administrators could have easily removed'

[OPINION] The mental health ticking time bomb

May 02, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'Where we fall short is why our idea of mental health is only when things go wrong. What are we doing so that [our frontliners] don’t have to make that call at all?'

Taking care of mental health ‘selfish?’ Netizens slam ‘distasteful’ ABS-CBN post

May 01, 2020 - 1:38 PM

‘It is insensitive to anyone experiencing mental health problems when they oftentimes feel like a burden to those around them,’ one netizen says

[OPINYON | Wikapedia] Paano natin inaalagaan ang ‘wounded healers’ ng COVID-19?

May 01, 2020 - 7:35 AM

Ang manggagamot ay nakagagamot dahil siya mismo ay ‘sugatan,’ sabi ng ama ng Analytical Psychology na si Carl Jung

[OPINYON | Wikapedia] Paano lumigaya’t magpaligaya sa panahon ng peste

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Ilang rekomendasyon para mabawasan ang stress at pagkabahala, upang mas mapangalagaan ang ating sarili at mga mahal sa buhay sa panahon ng COVID-19

62 staff, 13 psychiatric patients of NCMH infected with coronavirus

Apr 21, 2020 - 6:40 PM

According to the Department of Health, 4 employees and one patient have recovered from the virus

[OPINION] Why mental health must be a priority in this time of vulnerability and loss

Apr 21, 2020 - 3:51 PM

'According to grief expert David Kessler.... each person’s grief is as unique as their fingerprint, but what they all share in common is the need for this grief to be witnessed'

NCMH exec behind 'exposé' reassigned to Las Piñas drug rehab center

Apr 15, 2020 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) The move comes after the exec made headlines speaking out about the hospital's non-response to the coronavirus pandemic

Photo from the National Center for Mental Health Facebook page

NCMH chief gags exec over hospital's coronavirus response

Apr 09, 2020 - 7:00 AM

National Center for Mental Health chief administrative officer Clarita Avila has told the media that there are dozens of confirmed coronavirus cases in the hospital but they lack personal protective equipment and medical supplies

Photo from the National Center for Mental Health Facebook page

[OPINION] I was trying to heal from trauma and grief – and then the pandemic happened

Apr 06, 2020 - 2:47 PM

'We are also mourning because our government is not capable of providing us with the most basic thing we need: the assurance that we will soon be okay'

Can PH cope? Mental illness cases tipped to surge during pandemic

Apr 06, 2020 - 8:01 AM

(UPDATED) 'If you look at the composition of psychiatrists in the Philippines, there are only 600 for a population of over 100 million. 400 of those are in Metro Manila,' says psychiatrist Dr Angelo Jesus Arias

Overcome anxiety and stay productive with these brain hacks

Apr 04, 2020 - 6:02 PM

Here are some psychology-driven techniques and tools to help you stay productive and feel better about working from home

'I basically slept for almost 3 years:' Ellen Adarna opens up about depression, anxiety, PTSD

Mar 26, 2020 - 4:08 PM

The actress reassures her followers that she is '101% okay now'

ELLEN ADARNA. The actress opens up about her mental health struggles. Screenshot from

An introverted techie's thoughts on staying mentally healthy in a pandemic

Mar 26, 2020 - 11:45 AM

Here’s a list of things to keep the mind from becoming a mess of tears and anxiety in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic

Feeling down? Psychometricians make online test to check well-being during lockdown

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:50 PM

The free online well-being self-assessment website hopes to help people who might be wondering if the emotions they're feeling are normal during these challenging times

Photos from LifeRisks

[OPINION] Anxiety and introversion in the time of the coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:10 PM

'This lockdown made me realize what it really means to be alone'

[OPINION] Staying sane and centered in the time of the coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:03 PM

'Think of people who may be suffering right now – an elderly or sick friend, a super anxious friend, someone who may be lonely and quarantined alone – and send them a loving message'

This organization is offering free psychologist consultations over the phone

Mar 20, 2020 - 7:00 PM

MindNation opens 500 slots for those in need of a 30-minute chat with a licensed psychologist, either via phone or video call

[OPINION] I’m a psychologist – here’s how I manage my worries about the coronavirus

Mar 15, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'Our individual worries about the virus is normal but can hurt others'

Keep calm and cope: How to stay mentally healthy during coronavirus crisis

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Feeling a bit anxious lately? Don't worry, that's normal – here are simple but helpful tips on how to stay sane amid these trying times

Nadine Lustre talks about late brother, mental health, breakup in 'Mega' documentary

Mar 02, 2020 - 10:22 PM

'I'm always going to be thankful that that guy came into my life, no matter what happens,' says Nadine

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

[OPINION] Erased suicides: The game of shame-and-blame must stop

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:00 PM

When we collectively refuse to acknowledge the epidemic of suicides, we become complicit in perpetuating shame, stigma, and blame on the people we need to help

[OPINION] Let's talk about aging

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'It's only now that I’m older, with a few more years of life experience under my belt, that I’m beginning to understand that actually, we really ARE all in this together'

What does it mean to regret? How do we get over our regrets?

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:00 AM

For instance, why is it so difficult for us to understand that Prince Harry and Meghan, just like majority of couples on the planet, just want to make something out of their own lives?

WATCH: San Mig Light Mahaba-habang Usapan: It’s okay to not be okay

Jan 17, 2020 - 3:00 PM

On World Mental Health Day, we talked about the importance of consciously taking care of our mental health

Suicides in Japan hit record low in 2019, down for 10th year in row

Jan 17, 2020 - 1:26 PM

The ministry says it has introduced measures to prevent suicides, including consultation services for younger people via social media

TOGETHER. High school students make a human chain at an alter at ground zero for the Nagasaki atomic bombing, as Nagasaki marks the 74th anniversay of the atomic bombing at the end of World War II, on August 9, 2019. (Photo by Jiji Press/AFP)

Protest-hit Hong Kong sees surge in depression, PTSD – study

Jan 10, 2020 - 2:08 PM

'One in 5 adults now report probable depression or suspected PTSD, which is comparable to those experiencing armed conflicts, large-scale disasters, or terrorist attacks,' the study says

SMOKE. A protester reacts after police fire tear gas to disperse bystanders in a protest in Jordan district in Hong Kong, on early December 25, 2019. (Photo by Philip Fong/AFP)

Jobert Sucaldito slammed for joking about suicide

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:14 PM

These 'jokes' are never okay

[OPINION] Christmas isn't necessarily merry for people with depression and anxiety

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The family unit – more so the Filipino family – is a complicated creature, and whether or not we want to admit it, not all issues can be wrapped in sparkly paper and topped with a festive bow.

QC children's agenda will address mental health, LGBT discrimination

Nov 29, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Other items on the agenda include bullying, teenage pregnancy, and sexual harassment, among others

NEW CHILDREN'S AGENDA. The children of Quezon City identified emerging issues that will be included in the city's governance agenda, such as mental health and LGBT discrimination. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

If real estate developers cared for our mental health

Nov 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We have evolved with and in nature and thus need more than just Instagrammable brushes with it in order to live

Paulo Avelino opens up about ‘dark period' in his life

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:56 AM

'Even the people who appear to be okay or who seem to have it all might be going through their own struggles,' Paulo says on Instagram, speaking up about 'fighting his own demons'

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

How one family endures generations of depression

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Zena Bernardo has clinical depression. But what makes her depression even more difficult is that it is something three whole generations of her family experience.

Photos from Zena Bernardo

What it’s like going for a consultation at the National Center for Mental Health

Oct 11, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The place they call 'sa loob' is one of the most affordable places to go for psychiatric consultations

PEACE AND QUIET. The mental health institution located in Mandaluyong provides affordable psychiatric consultation services for people who have mental health conditions. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Amid rise in suicides, Iloilo to strengthen mental health crisis response

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The province records 67 deaths due to suicide from January to September 2019

[OPINION] What a mood disorder episode feels like

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:42 AM

The hormones keep flooding into my brain long after the thing that made me sad or angry has gone. I can literally feel the hormones flooding in.

Ice Seguerra opens up on depression: 'I’m just happy to feel things again'

Oct 03, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The singer talks about his mental health struggles on Instagram

ICE SEGUERRA. The singer, seen here at an event in 2017, gets candid about his experience with depression. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Selena Gomez opens up about depression, anxiety: 'Scariest moments of my life'

Sep 27, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Selena Gomez shares her mental health struggles after accepting the McLean Award, a yearly distinction given to individuals who have 'raised awareness about mental health'

'You are enough and you are worth it': Gab Valenciano talks mental health

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:53 PM

A day after World Suicide Prevention Day, the actor talks about his own mental health struggles and attempts at taking his own life

For fans, Mike Shinoda's struggles are theirs too

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:30 AM

During the Manila stop of his tour, one fan talks about how Mike Shinoda's music – and his struggles – helped him overcome his too

MIKE SHINODA IN MANILA. The singer and songwriter stops by Manila for his album tour. Photo by Paul Fernandez/Rappler