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The City of Taguig took a significant step towards addressing mental health concerns among students by organizing a seminar aimed at equipping teachers and guidance counselors with the necessary skills to provide psychological first aid (PFA). The seminar, titled "Look, Listen, and Connect: Strengthening Mental Health Psychological First Aid Capacity in Taguig City Secondary Schools," was held on May 11 at the Lakeshore Activity Center in Taguig City.

Under the leadership of Mayor Lani Cayetano, Taguig City has set a goal to become a Transformative, Lively, and Caring City. Prioritizing mental health is an integral part of this vision, and the seminar was a significant step in achieving this objective.

During the seminar, approximately 50 participants, including principals, teachers, guidance counselors, and DepEd nurses from various secondary schools in the city, gathered to enhance their understanding of mental health issues affecting young people. They learned about common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, as well as the signs and symptoms to be vigilant about among their students.


One of the key focuses of the seminar was providing training on offering emotional support to students in crisis situations. Educators were taught how to identify children who may require immediate assistance and how to provide the necessary psychological first aid. The importance of creating a safe and supportive environment for students, where they feel comfortable sharing their concerns and seeking help, was also emphasized.

Mayor Lani Cayetano delivered an inspiring message of support, highlighting the significance of the program's implementation. She stressed the importance of educators being well-prepared and equipped to cope with the mental, emotional, and psychological challenges that students may face. Mayor Lani expressed her desire for the participants to be ready and capable of providing support both as educators and as parents.

The seminar featured esteemed guests and speakers who shared their expertise on mental health. Among them were Taguig CARES Psychotherapist Dr. Adrienne Gayatao, Mental Health Program Coordinator Dr. Anna Panopio, City Psychologist Dr. Aaron Paelano, City Psychiatrist Dr. Wesley Quimbo, City Psychiatrist Dr. Jumelyn Sina-Perez, and Taguig CARES head Atty. Chona Gonzales. The event also included the presence of Taguig City Health Officer Dr. Norena Osano, City of Taguig's Executive Assistant for Health Dr. Cecille Montales, and Committee on Health Chair Councilor Rodil "Tikboy" Marcelino.

The City of Taguig's initiative to provide psychological first aid training to educators demonstrates its commitment to prioritizing the mental well-being of its students. By equipping teachers and guidance counselors with essential skills and knowledge, Taguig City is taking a proactive stance in creating a supportive and nurturing environment for its young residents. With this seminar, Taguig City is laying the foundation for a brighter and mentally healthier future for its students.

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