Coping with Mental Health Struggles During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Living with a mood disorder while in this time of uncertainty is very challenging. Aside from the nagging thoughts about COVID-19, we are well aware that if we leave ourselves unguarded, our quite fragile emotional and mental defenses can easily break down and drag us to a downward spiral. The first week into the enhanced…

Still Waters: A Docu Film on Depression

More than three million Filipinos are affected with depression, according to the Department of Health. But in countries like the Philippines, mental health is rarely discussed, let alone acknowledged. Oftentimes, a high profile case is required to trigger conversations regarding the matter. “Still Waters” is a documentary about the journey of a girl who struggles…

One Light’s Out

It’s been more than three months since his light was put out. That one light that lit up one dim moment of my life. When I was in grade school, I barely had true friends. Most of my so-called friends then are just people I had to be with because of same advanced classes and…

Depression: The Window for Helping

If there are essential moments worth remembering in one’s battle against depression, these are the moments with the people who helped. These were the great windows of opportunity devoted for helping.

Saturn Return: Notes from a 31-Year-Old Minimalist Weirdo

Whatever the 31-year-old in me has become, I think I like it. While many of my peers are in their prime — starting a family of their own or reveling in the peak of their careers, seeking greener pastures abroad, earning their graduate or post-graduate degrees or driving their own fancy cars — I’m just…

Freedom of a Bipolar Mind

Independence Day. It makes me appreciate the freedom we now have. I am happy we can freely practice religion, freedom of expression, and have choices on what we can watch, buy, or wear. But it also reminds me of some moments when I felt I have lost my freedom. I was once a prisoner of…

Kristel’s Battles

Dear Kristel, I have no right to write about you. Most of us never had a chance to know you. We have no idea what you went through; there is no way we can ever understand why you decided to take your own life. But I remember that day. It was a Friday, March 15th, 2013;…