Sandigan, Sandalan: Training and Advocacy Programs for Mental Health to be held for 2nd batch of mental health advocates in UP

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Mental Health (MH) advocates play critical roles in responding to the Mental Health concerns and coping needs of UP students. To help create a network of advocates for a healthy and nurturing UP, the UP Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Office of Student Financial Assistance (OVPAA-OSFA) are hosting the “Sandigan, Sandalan: Training and Advocacy programs for Mental Health”.

One of the components of the Sandigan, Sandalan Project is Training on Mental Health Promotion in the Teaching-Learning Environment. The training is designed for College Mental Focal Persons, composed of UP faculty members and Student Affairs staff who can advocate MH care in classes and other teaching-learning contexts. The online training provides practical resources on MH promotion and forums where focal persons can interact with their colleagues and invited experts. The program covers (1) essentials of mental health; (2) creating supportive teaching-learning environments; and (3) action points to address psychosocial concerns of UP students.

The training of the 2nd batch will start on 5 April 2021. The 1st batch of focal persons recently concluded its training on 29 March 2021. The University will organize another run this the 2nd semester AY 2020-2021 to cover all constituent universities of UP.

The training team is led by Maria Angela Mabale, RN (College of Nursing, UP Manila), and Airon Andrew Bonifacio, RND (College of Home Economics, UP Diliman). The program resource persons include Rowalt Alibudbud, MD (College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University); Victoria Patricia De La Llana, MD (College of Medicine, UP Manila); Raymond John Naguit, MD (Youth for Mental Health Coalition); Eleanor Caballo, RGC (College of Arts and Science, UP Manila); and Blesile Mantaring, MD (Office of Student Affairs, UP Manila).

For inquiries, please contact the OVPAA-OSFA at