January 19, 2023 | 2:44 PM
MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Department of Health has launched an initiative to improve the mental health and well-being of 3,000 healthcare workers across the Philippines.
The Wellness Movement, supported by the World Health Organization and the Australian Government, is in line with national mental health legislation that recommends integrating strategies to promote wellness in the workplace.
“Creating a mental health positive culture in our workplace not only thrives on health workers playing their role as healers, but by bringing home healthy habits of mental health, it helps families It’s also essential for nurturing relationships with friends and health and wellness,” said DOH Undersecretary Beverly Lorraine Ho.
According to a 2022 WHO report, between 23% and 46% of healthcare workers reported symptoms of anxiety. 20% to 37% experienced depressive symptoms and 41% to 52% experienced burnout during his COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Wellness Movement” kicked off with an onsite presentation at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center on January 16th.
It will be followed by various virtual rollouts of 30 public and private community pods in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Community pods serve as safe spaces for healthcare workers to practice wellness individually and promote it in the workplace.
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“The Wellness Movement” also fosters an organizational culture that supports, responds and empowers employees. This initiative includes strategies for maintaining community pods and monitoring their impact on individual healthcare workers and the healthcare facility as a whole.
“The workplace can be a place of both opportunity and risk for mental health. , was at risk of tremendous chronic stress.Philippines.— Gaia Katrina Kabiko