A whole day affair aimed at healing all the aspects of the human body, World Suicide Prevention day was celebrated in two venues in Quezon City.
It started out in University of the Philippines- Diliman with a 3k Fun Run with the theme: “Walk Away the Blues! Color me Happy!” DSWD Sec Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, DOH Assistant Secretary Paulyn Ubial, along with UP Dean of the Department of Psychology, Dr. Aurora Mendoza, and UP professor, Dr. Violeta Bautista joined 150 participants as they ran around the around the UP Academic Oval. Ronnie Rickets also surprised everyone by joining the run.
A lecture series with the theme of “Taming the Demons in Our Midst: Finding Healing from Bullying and Depression,” followed at UP’s Palma Hall. The lectures focused on how to protect oneself from bullying and fortify the inner self through positive thinking. Dr. Violeta “Bolet” Villaroman-Bautista, Dr. Jerry Jurisprudencia and Dr. Aurora “Peachy” Corpuz-Mendoza were the speakers.
The afternoon event at Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City Memorial Circle started with a healing mass at 1 pm. Then there were activity and counseling booths by UP, Miriam College, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University. The booths featured music therapy, art therapy, sandplay therapy and free counseling services.
At 5 pm, the formal program began with hosts Menchou Antigua (a.k.a. DJ Scarlet) of 99.5 RT and Sasha Rahman of Jam 88.3. Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte welcomed the crowd of roughly 3,000 participants. She was then followed by representatives of the three government agencies (namely DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman, DOH Dr. Melissa Guerrero and DepEd’s Head of External Relations Dr. Corazon Lopez) who spoke of their department’s respective action plans to address depression and mental health in the Philippines. Rep. Gina de Venecia of the INA Foundation also spoke about moving on. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista also spoke to the delight of all the students.
After all the speeches, there was a pledge of commitment which stated everyone’s dedication to understanding and helping those who are in depression. This was then followed by a solemn candlelight memorial walk. The night ended with a free concert, featuring Kate Torralba, Ila Pandolfi, Morisette Amon, QYork and Geoff Taylor.
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