Last February 29, the UA&P Center for Student Affairs (CSA) Mentoring, Guidance and Counseling Office held the second annual “T.H.R.I.V.E.: Mental Health Talk for Parents” at the Dizon Auditorium. Part of CSA’s efforts to promote school and family collaboration in creating a supportive environment for students’ mental wellness, the program featured talks that focused on healthy lifestyle choices for students to help maintain and develop their well-being and quality of life.
“Here in UA&P, mental health is one of the advocacies of the Center for Student Affairs, the Guidance Office and other units,” said Mr. Floyd D. Batongbakal, Vice Chair of the CSA Operations Committee in his opening remarks. “(W)e do not only concentrate on alleviating what is wrong but focus on factors and elements in the community that can positively develop our students and prevent mental health conditions. Focus on attitudes, behaviors, beliefs and the underlying assumptions are given equal importance and attention so as to foster healthier habits and sound practices.
“Being in touch with our stakeholders and involving them in the promotion of mental health is equally given attention,” he added. “Only in this climate of cooperation and awareness, together with the more specialized approaches, can lasting effects be produced.”
CSA also held a get-together for guidance counselors on March 2. Guidance counselors from PAREF Northfield, CSA Makati, La Salle Greenhills, St. Paul College Pasig, and Lourdes School of Mandaluyong came to UA&P for a half-day of professional learning exchange and roundtable discussions about student well-being and mental health problems across educational levels.