It’s OK To Cry: Stand Up For Mental Health

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Because sometimes, laughter isn’t always the best medicine — crying is.

As parents, we have the tough job of having to maintain a strong front for our kids. Showing weakness —crying— in front of our kids tells them that we don’t have the capacity to keep it together for them when in fact, it’s the complete opposite. It’s completely OK to let it out!

Not surprisingly, during this present pandemic, the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) has reported an increase in the monthly average of suicide-related calls it has been receiving. Which is why it’s more important than ever to tell parents, families, everyone that if they feel stressed, they should just cry it out.

Last World Mental Health Day, Dr Gia Sison worked together with popular Filipino comedians to prove that sometimes, laughter isn’t the best medicine. Check out the video below:

The campaign was launched on FB Live on Doc Gia Sison’s FB page last October 10, 2020. It was hosted by Doc Gia and Ramon Bautista, along with special performances by Victor Anastacio and James Caraan from Comedy Manila.

To ensure that this reminder lives beyond World Mental Health Day, Dr. Sison launched the website itsokaytocry.ph, which houses a directory of helplines for mental health. It also features some videos of the
comedians who took part in the campaign.

To learn more about mental health and finding your inner peace, check out our next Real Talk episode on October 17, 2pm featuring Dr. Lia Bernardo and Bam Santiago.