More school-based mental health professionals eyed
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Wednesday said he is eyeing more mental health specialists in schools.
Gatchalian is advancing Senate Bill 2200 or the Basic Education Mental Health and Well-Being Promotion Act, which aims to establish a school-based mental health program.
The bill includes a care center in every public basic education institution.
“Ang importante dito ay dumami iyong mga mental health practitioners sa ating paaralan – iyon ang pinakamahalaga eh. Alam natin may shortage ngayon pero ang layunin ng batas iyong mga taong puwedeng makatulong pagdating sa mental health,” said Gatchalian.
(What is important here is there are more mental health practitioners in schools — that is what matters. We know that there is a shortage now but the goal of the law is to help when it comes to mental health.)
Gatchalian admitted that the bill would not be implemented immediately should it become a law, but said at least there would be something to work on.
“Ito iyong ating direksiyon. Aminado ako na kakailanganin ng malaking pondo at hindi mai-implement iyan overnight pero ang importante ay mayroon na tayong direksiyon kung saan pupunta,” said Gatchalian.
(This is the direction. It needs a large budget and it will not be implemented right away but what is important is we are working on a direction.)