Resiliency in Action: Mental Health Initiative
The MoU Signing, Project Presentation, Youth Profiling, and PFA Interview for the Girls Got This: Resiliency in Action initiative were held at Cordova Public College in Barangay Gabi, Cordova, Cebu. All 4 events were all held inside the school library of Cordova Public College and the respondents of the Youth Profiling activity consisted of students aged 18-22 years old. Most of these students belong to indigent families, with some of them being working students. A portion of the students were also still living with their extended families.
The activity started at 2:30 in the afternoon. Present during the event were the Senior Project Coordinator, the Mental Health Project Leader, and the Communications and Documentation Officer of FundLife Intl - Cebu. Also in attendance were the college president, the different college deans, and college faculty and staff.
The faculty and staff were gathered in an empty area within the library after signing the attendance sheet and the event began with preliminaries and greetings. It was followed by a welcome message by the College President. Then, the Senior Project Coordinator introduced the FundLife-Girls Got This project. After all the initial activities and fundamentals, the project leader began the key program presentation on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support.
Next was the highlight of the activity - the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. Heading the MoU signing were the FundLife Intl-Cebu Senior Project Coordinator and the Cordova Public College President.
After which, the Project Staff then started the Youth Profiling. This was preceded by filling-in of important forms and a short and fun GTKY activity to allow the participants to feel more comfortable with each other and the event’s organizers. Since it was a Wednesday, and as part of the Mindfulness Wednesday Routine, the Project Leader also did the 478 breathing exercise and the passing of positive energy to others; all in line with the promotion of mental health and psychosocial support.
Participants shared inhibitors to good mental health such as the lack of sleep from overwork and the stress of the combination of schoolwork and additional part-time jobs as working students. They also stressed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their overall mental health as well as the load of financial instability.
After the participants filled-in the Forms, they completed the Community Mentorship Survey. The event was capped off by the Psychological First Aid Assessment and Interview for all participants.