More than a year after Typhoon Odette ravaged the homes of Siargao’s residents, the island has since been on a path toward rehabilitation and recovery. To strengthen the mental health and well-being of Siargao residents, the local government of the Municipality of General Luna in Surigao del Norte recently partnered with PLDT and Smart to launch its community-based mental health program through the Psychological First Aid (PFA) training.
PFA aims to provide first-aid, non-intrusive care by conducting in-person sessions for those who are mentally distressed. Moderate to severe cases are escalated to the Municipal Health Center.
Through Siargao’s PFA program, representatives of various sectors were trained to become mental health care first responders. This includes barangay and municipal health officers as well as midwives and emergency responders.
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