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ASIST’s has strong commitment in leading as advocates of mental health awareness led the Guidance Office in collaboration with the Students Affairs Services to spearhead a seminar with the theme M.E.N.T.A.L Health Awareness: Managing Emotions Nurturing Thoughts in Advocating Learning participated by student leaders and faculty members held last March 28, 2022 at the FFP Hall,ASIST Main Campus, Lagangilang, Abra with the aim to raise awareness on mental health issues and lessen the impact of stress and depression among students and faculty members.

 The seminar commenced with a prayer led by Ms. Marjorie Valeine A.  Daria, Guidance Counselor lll which was followed by the singing of the National Anthem. Dr. Gerardo Palcon, Director of Student Services, delivered his welcome remarks  and expressed his eagerness to give opportunities to students and faculty members to ponder on mental health issues that might help them cope these dilemmas. Ms. Leila Evangeline T. Alagao, Guidance Counselor lll enthusiastically introduced  Dr. Dorislyn A. Tabunda, educator from the New Era University and mental health advocate as the resource speaker for the said event.

Dr. Tabunda shared her expertise and  highlighted the difference between anxiety and depression and presented their signs and symptoms, as well as the coping mechanisms to combat the mental health issues.

There was an open forum where students and faculty members expressed their inquiries about the mental health issues.

Mr. Robinson Q. Fabito, Student Services Coordinator, concluded the seminar with optimism hoping for the long term success of the institution’s stepping stone in establishing mental health awareness in the midst of crisis. Source: Ginie C. Montero, CAS Bangued

Ms. Leila Evangeline T. Alagao, Guidance Counselor III, warmly introduces the resource speaker of Mental Health Awareness Seminar.

One ASIST, One Goal! Dr. Dorislyn Tabunda( middle),  Ms. Leila Evangeline T. Alagao , (from middle to right) Ms. Marjorie Valeine A. Daria, Dr. Gerardo Palcon , Mr. Robinson Q. Fabito (from middle to left ) spearhead the Mental Health Awareness seminar together with the students leaders from La Paz, Bangued, and Main Campus.

Social Sciences faculty members actively participate in the awareness of mental health issues acknowledging its importance for both stakeholders and professionals in making a safe and healthy learning environment.

Dr. Dorislyn Tabunda highlights the difference between anxiety and depression and shares coping mechanisms and how to prevent them.

Student leaders and faculty members engage in an open forum regarding the appropriate coping mechanisms  and  prevention of mental health issues.