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Councilor bats for hotline numbers for ‘service users’

CAGAYAN de Oro City–A councilor is pushing for the establishment of a hotline numbers for people suffering from emotional distress.

Councilor Jocelyn B. Rodriguez, during the recent regular session of the City Council, stressed that the city of Cagayan de Oro should have a hotline number that can easily be accessed by people those individuals who want to express their thoughts and feelings.

“Fast track the hotline … assign personnel who have the knowledge to intervene with problems on mental health 24 hours a day,” she said.

Councilor Rodriguez likewise stressed that there should be additional manpower at the City Social Welfare and Development Department (CSWD) to entertain those with suicidal tendencies.

“It was brought last meeting na kulang gyud ang staff sa CSWD mao nga dili gyud nila ma-cater tanan. If we only can have additional staff to address this issue,” Rodriguez stressed.

“They need help. Emotionally, mentally or whatever, at least naa sila’y madangpan … ang importante lang gyud duna’y maadtoan ang usa ka tawo nga naay problema sa pangutok, problema sa emosyon,” she concluded.

Meanwhile, Councilor Maria Lourdes S. Gaane, chair of the City Council committee on health and health insurance, on Monday said she is  optimistic that concerns related to mental health will be addressed in the city.

This was the reaction of the lady councilor to the special report of Councilor Edgar Cabanlas during the 25th regular session of the 19th City Council on Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy regarding suicide cases in the city.

Gaane said the joint committees on health and on social services already conducted series of meetings with different concerned agencies and other private and public stakeholders to formulate the proposed Mental Health Code of Cagayan de Oro.

she announced that Mayor Oscar Moreno already signed an executive order creating the Mental Health Council. This council is a policy making body in creating Mental Health Code, she cited.

The councilor clarified that those with mental health issue or illness will be called as “service users” not victims or patients. (SP/JBDacer)

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