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DSWD requests more aggressive child mental health programs.

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development issued an appeal for assistance on Thursday as the nation observed its 30th National Children’s Month and as the government stepped up its efforts to safeguard the mental health of young people.

The welfare department will co-chair this year’s National Children’s Month (NCM) with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the National Youth Commission (NYC), under the theme “Kalusugan, Kaisipan at Kapakanan ng Bawat Bata Ating Tutukan,” which prioritizes the accessibility of interventions that would support the mental health and general wellbeing of Filipino children.

According to statistics from the National Center for Mental Health Crisis Hotline, 9.7% of all calls were about suicide, and many of them were made by minors who had been the targets of bullying, sadness, anxiety, stress brought on by family issues, concerns about their academic performance, and other factors.

It was discovered that one of the important topics presented by young participants in the learning and dialogue session started by the organizers at the NCM celebration the year before was mental health.

The department and its collaborators have planned activities for this year’s festival that will center on giving youngsters mental support. This includes the opening of the National Play Advocacy Week Partner’s Play Toolkit and the CWC MAKABATA helpdesk.

The reintroduction of the literary works Sarilaysay and Eroplanong Papel, which are intended to assist kids to adjust to the changes brought on by the pandemic, will also be highlighted at the event.

The release of film documentaries on local government success stories involving child participation and the operation of each unit’s Local Council for the Protection of Children will come after.

To honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on November 20, 1989, the month of November is designated as NCM under Republic Act 10661.

The CRC, the first enforceable international instrument primarily devoted to the defense and advancement of children’s rights, has the Philippines as a signatory.

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