If you need to process your emotions in a safe space, here are mental health organizations offering free online sessions
MANILA, Philippines – It’s the end of the elections in the Philippines – which of the five stages of grief are you currently in? Whether you’re still going from denial to anger or swinging between depression and acceptance, remember that your feelings are very valid and you’re certainly not alone.
If you want to find comfort in company, share your feelings in a safe space, and process your emotions with a mental health professional, fortunately, a handful of mental health organizations have stepped up to help Filipinos cope, without price . Here’s a handy list of local groups offering free/discounted online counseling sessions to help you deal with your post-election stress and sadness.
Mental health organization MindNation believes that mental health issues “carry no political color” and that “we all win when we take care of our minds”, so they offered free hour-long sessions “#HingaMuna with mental health experts starting Wednesday, May 11.
FYI: The services have been in such demand that MindNation has closed registrations in the meantime since all time slots are taken. MindNation says to stay tuned for more announcements. They also offer virtual services sessions with their Wellness Coaches for a reduced price of P500.
MindNation also shared some post-election coping tips on their PageInstagram:
- Don’t rejoice if your candidate has won
- Take your time to heal and deal with your emotions first if your candidate lost
- Don’t forget to take care of yourself
- Set boundaries for future interactions
- Talk to a mental health professional if everything seems a bit too much
Hinga Muna by Coaches For Leni
A group of mental health professionals called ‘Angat Buhay Coaches For Leni’ have launched a free ‘Hinga Muna’ initiative for anyone ‘in need of rest, frustration, motivation and looking for a safe space to chat and express how you feel”. .”
We encourage you to come alone or with your trope during Zoom live sessions that run from May 11 to May 20 at multiple time slots per day. Each session lasts two hours and will only accommodate the first 100 participants who enter the room. You can register through a link.
For the Twitterverse in distress, mental health organization Empath PH is hosting a live chat with mental health advocates and professionals on Twitter Spaces on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. elections”.
The free-for-all post-processing session is for anyone “looking for a support group or something to listen to about post-election mental health,” or needs a “space to express their experiences and emotions on the last few days.”
On top of that, Empath PH is also offering free post-election treatment counseling sessions through next week for all adults looking for a safe space and a shoulder to lean on during these “difficult times”. Sessions will take place via Google Meet in groups of 8-10 participants. You can register for a time slot via this link.
Life Coach Charity Marohombsar
For those struggling with grief and an intense sense of loss after the election, “end-of-life doula” and grief coach Charity Marohombsar is offering a free session on dealing with grief on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. via Zoom. Guests can first register via this link.
“Let’s recognize the big elephant in the room, the last few days have been heavy, even for me. We are all in mourning,” she wrote. Charity, who is also a life and cancer coach, specializes in helping patients “transform their outlook, not just to survive, but to thrive.” She also believes in choosing faith over fear.
Ateneo Bulatao Psychological Services Center
Since the start of the pandemic, the Ateneo Bulatao Center has opened registration for free brief psychological services “to help you take care of your mental well-being”, open to all Filipinos aged 18 and over.
Each mini-session aims to provide a safe space to “relieve distress and discuss coping strategies,” and is done on Zoom. Registration is open from Thursday to this link.
Philippine Mental Health Association
The Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) Youth Life Enrichment Program is hosting a free webinar for parents on Emotional coaching: teaching adolescents to manage their emotions, which could prove useful for both struggling parents and their anxious children. It will be held on Friday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. via Zoom.
According to the PMHA, the session will “address emotional coaching” that will help parents learn how to support their teen’s well-being. Mental health professionals will guide parents on different ways to apply emotion management strategies and emotional coaching processes for children.
Admission to the Zoom room will be on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 500 attendees. Registration can be done via this link. If you cannot attend the Zoom, the PMHA Youth Life Enrichment Program will broadcast the webinar on their Facebook page.