“Statistics show that suicide cases have increased, which is very alarming. Add to it the number of those who have been experiencing mental illness,” resource speaker Aileen Mae de Guzman said during the seminar on mental health that KADIWA and Binhi members from the Local Congregation of Clisoc Field, Ecclesiastical District of Nueva Vizcaya attended on March 13, 2022.
De Guzman, a registered nurse and member of the same local congregation, explained how stress, when managed poorly, leads to various illness. Presenting a chart of the causal factors of stress, she said that “pressure at work or studies made it to the top one.”
She enumerated of the essential steps individuals can take on their own to combat stress. Among these were cultivating positivity, engaging in an appropriate exercise, finding someone to confide in or talk with, and listening to music to soothe the nerves.
Brother Milbert Abrias, minister of the gospel, who supervised the activity, reminded the attendees during his Bible-based lecture to stay strong in the faith and put their complete trust in God. He urged them to firmly believe that God can turn unpleasant events into something good and beneficial for His obedient servants.
“Activities like this provide guidance so the youth, with God’s help, can triumph over whatever they might encounter, no matter how severe these might be,” Brother Abrias said in an interview.
“I’ve learned today that severe level of stress can lead to mental illness, and that depression can lead to suicide,” said Kyrie Calub, KADIWA officer even as she expressed gratitude for the advice she received on safeguarding mental health and, most important of all, on having “absolute trust in God.” — With reports from INC News Section