Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Senators Come as One in Order to Congratulate Those Behind the Passing of Mental Health Law

Photo credits to Rappler

You may be siding with the government or opposing it but in one swift passage of a law, both sides finally came to be on the same page.

They all praised President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for signing the Mental Health Law that will help people understand that such an aspect of a human such as one’s mental health exists and must be kept optimal at all times.

The education of schools and workplaces on mental health is one of the other goals of the said law, as well as the improvement of our mental health care facilities.

It was Senator Risa Hontiveros who spear-headed the said law.

Senator Risa Hontiveros (center) holds a copy of the proposed Mental Health Bill Credits to The Varsitarian 

A number of senators on both sides of the government congratulated both Duterte and Hontiveros on Social media.

Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito on Facebook, posted,
“Thank you, Mr. President! The signing of the Mental Health Law will surely promote the well-being and strengthen the rights of persons with mental health needs.

Photo credits to Facebook/JV Ejercito

Congratulations to Senator Risa Hontiveros and the rest of the authors for the passage of this landmark legislation!
Finally, #HelpIsHere for everyone in need!

Senator Bam Aquino of the Opposition posted on Facebook that,
“GOOD NEWS! #HelpIsHere. Congratulations to RA 11036 or Philippine Mental Health Law's Principal Sponsor Senator Risa Hontiveros.”

Photo credits to Facebook/Bam Aquino
Senator Sonny Angara, on the other hand, thanked the President for allowing such a vital law for erasing the stigma on mental illnesses.


Senator Sonny Angara Photo credits to BusinessWorld

We commend President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law the Mental Health Act. Such law aims to provide basic mental health services down to the barangay level by mandating the DOH to provide psychiatric services to all regional, provincial, and tertiary hospitals, while increasing the capacities of mental health professionals,” he posted.

“With the Mental Health Law, we can now paint a clearer picture of a Philippines where every citizen is able to maintain a stable emotional balance to handle daily tasks. 

We hope that this law will help Filipinos overcome the stigma of mental illness, and enable them to seek professional help. This law gives people with mental health problems and their families the opportunity to hope for better lives. #MHActNow #HelpIsHere Rody Duterte Senate of the Philippines,” the Senator’s post continued.

Senator Joel “TesdaMan” Villanueva on Twitter said,
“Praise God! Cant wait for its implementation #Vpositive

Senator Joel Villanueva Photo credits to Politiko
While Senator Sherwin Ting “Win” Gatchalian chain tweeted that,
“a genuine public #health issue that requires accessible medical care, consistent government support, and compassionate social understanding.”

“I am hopeful that this law will cause the unfortunate social stigma surrounding depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions to fade away, so that eventually our society as a whole will come to accept mental illness for what it really is –“ the chain tweet continued.

“With the approval of Republic Act No. 11036, the Philippine Mental Health Law, the government is signaling that it is time to change how Philippine society views mental illness. #HelpIsHere,” his tweets ended.

May you be on the Left, Center or Right side of politics, everyone politician is grateful that the said law is now passed and that, maybe finally, Filipinos would take one’s mental health more seriously.

Senator Win Gatchalian Philippine Canadian Inquirer

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