Concerned for the welfare of their fellow youth, the KADIWA and Binhi leadership from the Local Congregation of Koronadal, in the Ecclesiastical District of Koronadal City, South Cotabato collaborated to hold a mental health awareness seminar which, with approval from the Church Administration, was held at their house of worship on January 14, 2022.
Maria Concepcion Sabado II, a guidance and counseling professional, who is also a finance officer, served as the guest speaker. In her lecture, she noted that the 2020 survey by the Philippine Statistics Authority recorded a 57.3 percent increase from 2019 figures. From being the 31st leading cause of death in the country in 2019, suicide jumped to the 25th spot (psa.gov.ph). More importantly, she conveyed to them the ways and means by which they can nurture their mental health. “It is a great pleasure for me to be of help to our Church Administration in taking good care of the Church’s youth,” she said.
Carmilyn Alcantara, KADIWA member, said, “I thank the Church Administration for this activity that gave us, KADIWA and Binhi members, advice to help us keep depression at bay and thus be able to keep a sound mental health.”
Part of the activity, Brother Adulf Galapon, district Christian Family Organizations (CFO) overseer, delivered a biblical advice, reminding the young members that setbacks in life are normal and that they must not feel helpless because God promises His help to His faithful and obedient servants.
Brother Apolinario Seacor, district supervising minister, said that the seminar was “very timely and greatly benefited the KADIWA and Binhi members.” — With reports from INC News Section