by Angela Mapeso, BSA-4
Posted on 2018-09-17 10:28:08
On the 30th of July at the Mere Maria Hall, The Region 7 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines, in partnership with St. Paul University Dumaguete, organized a Depression Awareness Program dubbed as “WARR;OR: Your Story Isn’t Over Yet” otherwise known internationally as Project Semicolon. Project Semicolon is an organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide. It is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, the project aims to make everyone aware that every single one of us can save each other’s lives. Delegates coming from different universities and colleges were enthusiastically welcomed, namely: Silliman University, Asian College, Negros Oriental High School, Negros Oriental State University, St. Louis School-Don Bosco, Catherina Cittadini St. Louis School, Holy Cross High School, Foundation University, and St. Paul University Dumaguete.
The morning forum on depression was ushered by the guest speaker, Silliman University School of Medicine and Clinical Psychiatry graduate Dr. Stephanie Miaco. She gave weight on expanding our understanding on how the individual human brain works and that treatments are available to help people successfully manage mental health conditions. She talked through the topic of depression and entertained queries in great detail and medical expertise that awed the audience to look into the subject matter objectively as an illness with a cure and not just any simple emotional trend that teenagers can easily get caught up with.
The entire afternoon was an interactive segment of the Poster Making Contest won by St. Paul University Dumaguete with Asian College as the 2nd placer and Cittadini as the 3rd, as well as the Spoken Poetry Contest which was won by Silliman University with Holy Cross High School and Asian College in 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.
To conclude, suicide prevention is the collective responsibility of each and every person on the planet. The Project Semicolon encourages everyone to get help as soon as possible if suicidal thoughts start seeping in. It also encourages everyone to start conversations with others who might be having signs of depression. By doing this, the person feels less alone and more cared about and understood. Depression is powerful. One doesn’t have to wait and hope for their mood to improve. When a person has been feeling down for a long time, it’s hard to step back and be objective.