Manage episode 316613399 series 2920205
Warning: This project contains mature and sensitive themes such as depression and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.
How many parents, teachers, and adults know that 75% of severe mental health problems emerge before the age of 25? If this was the case, then why are Filipino parents more concerned about their children growing up fair and tall (admit it, you've bought your kids those vitamins) than growing up mentally healthy? Pinoy parents save up to give their kids grand parties and lavish gifts when they turn 18 or 21 but how much are they willing to spend for much needed counselling or therapy?
According to a World Health Organization report, suicide was the 4th leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally in 2019. These numbers spike if we include those from the LGBTQIA+ community who have been identified by the WHO as a 'vulnerable' group when it comes to mental health.
Our guest for this project is Kim Sholinder | The Contemporary Educator, who has more than a decade of experience dealing with troubled youth having worked in detention and addiction centers and mainstream and alternative schools. She is currently a high school teacher and a registered therapist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She offers a lot of practical strategies for adults (parents and teachers, especially) in dealing with young folk when it comes to important mental health issues that are applicable to Filipino youngsters as well.
We salute all the Filipino parents and teachers - allies - who have always been sensitive to young peoples' mental health issues, especially to those who are members of the queer community.
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(If you are a Filipino living in the Philippines and you, or somebody you know, are undergoing depression or having suicidal thoughts, try talking to somebody you trust or please go to the link: https://doh.gov.ph/NCMH-Crisis-Hotline . It's okay to ask for help. )