There is a saying which opens room for reflection, and it goes like this: “There is no health without mental health”. We take so much time and effort staying physically healthy but are we doing what is necessary to care for our mental well-being?
This October, Premier Value Provider Inc. celebrated Mental Health Awareness month by providing a variety of webinars which focused on educating participants on mental health and well-being. Together, we learned about the importance of mental health, how to promote mental health in the workplace, how to care for our mental well-being, and much more!
We started off the month by offering Mental Health screening for free on the 3rd of October 2022! We wanted to do so in order to extend a helping hand to individuals who feel as if their mental health has been declining. We hope that through this, we were able to fight the stigma of reaching out for help when it comes to healing our mental well-being.
Then, we had a webinar on Mental Health First Aid Training from October 11 to October 12, 2022. This was a skill-based training course where Ms. Alessandra Apron, RPsy and Mr. Jose Mari Hulleza, RPm, MAPsy taught participants about mental health and the skills necessary for us to provide first aid help to those facing emotional and mental health issues, may they be loved ones or colleagues.
Then, we had a webinar on the 14th of October 2022 called “On Becoming a Plantito/Plantita: Promoting EcoWellness in the Workplace for a Better Well-Being”. We had an awesome time learning with our speakers Mr. Jose Mari Hulleza, RPm, MAPsy and Ms. Kristine Rosales-Samala of QACH Lifestyle & Garden who talked about how EcoWellness, including nature and plants, can positively impact our mental well-being! Indeed, not only does nature serve us for aesthetic purposes, but it also allows us to lead a healthy and happy life physically and mentally.
Next, on the 21st of October, we had a webinar facilitated by Dr. Marshall Valencia, called “Quiet Quitting in the Workplace: How is it Related to Employee Mental Health”. This was very timely because it gave us the opportunity to understand one of the most prevalent issues currently found in the workplace. Together, we learned how to identify the signs of quiet quitting in employees, discussed factors which are intertwined with the phenomenon, such as engagement and burnout, and arrived at a sustainable action plan to avoid quiet quitting!
Finally, to end Mental Health Awareness month on a light note, we had a “kumustahan” session called “Tea and Coffee Friday: A Kumustahan Session” on the 28th of October 2022 with Mr. Jose Mari Hulleza, RPm, MAPsy as our speaker! Not only did we discuss stress and the difference between healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms, but we also gave participants the opportunity to share their own stories and experiences on stress recently!
We at PVP recognize that we all suffer some mental health issues at some point or another in our lives, and we value the importance of caring for one’s own mental well-being in order to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life. It was our goal to extend a helping hand to those who are, or know people who are, currently struggling with keeping afloat these days. We hope that through this month’s trainings, webinars, and activities, we were able to make a difference, may it be big or small. Most importantly, we would like to thank everyone, including all our speakers and participants, for joining us in this journey of healing and promoting mental well-being.
To conclude on a positive note, let us reflect on another quote:
“In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus.
We are not alone in our struggles, as each one of us is fighting some sort of mental battle every day, but we should always find strength from within ourselves to keep going. As Albert Camus once said, there is an invincible summer in us that is waiting to bring warmth and light into our lives as long as we get through the darkness of winter. It is only a matter of time - as long as we never give up!