Dad pushes passage of mental health law in Oro

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October 17, 2019

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CAGAYAN de Oro City--A councilor on Monday (October 14) sought for the passage of mental health law in the city.

In her special report, Councilor Jocelyn Rodriguez said the city's mental health condition is one of our serious problems, especially for our young people.

"It is incumbent upon us to come up with relevant local legislation to combat mental disorders in our city," said Rodriguez in her special report during the regular session Monday, October 14, presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy.

The councilor presented data from the Philippine Mental Health Association, which shows that there were 24 cases of suicide in the city from January to September this year.

“From the data, it shows that one out of four suicides in our city are from the young people below 18 years old, 33-percent within the age range of 20 to 29 years of age, and 21-percent from the age of 30 to 39. Further, 92-percent of those committing suicide are male, and 88-percent are single,” she reported.

Alarmed over these figures, the councilor cited the need for the members of the city council to work on the improvement of the mental health of the city’s constituents.

“In legislating to improve the mental health of our constituents, we must always be reminded that with the right approach including the passage of relevant legislations, mental disorders can be successfully treated,” she stressed.

Councilor Rodriguez said the work to improve the mental health of the city’s constituents includes the promotion of mental well-being, the protection of human rights, and the care of people affected by mental disorders like schizophrenia, depression, intellectual disabilities and disorders due to drug abuse.

She said it is time to formulate the Mental Health Ordinance to monitor and improve the human rights conditions in mental health facilities, promote adequate health care, and stop social exclusion, coordinate all mental health actions in this city to maximize positive outcomes for people with mental illness and the communities in which they live, and improve mental health services.

“We must craft that vision that at least by year 2021 under this administration, Cagayan de Oro will have  publicly maintained mental health facilities to cater to the needs of our constituents suffering from this disorder,” Rodriguez said. (The Power)


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