Despite the mental illness being common among people, they are still receiving criticisms and ridicule as the the stigma of being depressed. What is worse that majority of Filipino people are not informed properly about depression and other mental illnesses like anxiety disorder, dyslexia, bipolar disorder, and alike.
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One thing’s for sure: Depression does not choose anyone — even if you are a well-earning celebrity.
Actress Ciara Sotto knows what it feels to have a depression as she admitted that she once suffered from it.
According to Ciara, she was lucky to cope with depression through various activities in helping her get through it.
“I myself suffered from depression. Although access to mental health was limited then, I was fortunate because I was able to cope up through various activities such as pole and areal sports and other workouts,” he said.
Ciara said that she is ecstatic to find out that the Mental Health law will be enacted because it will help other people with mental illness to treat their condition.
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“With the passage of the mental health, I am optimistic that more and more Filipinos who are silently suffering from mental health conditions will get out of their hideaways and face the problem head on,” she said.
She attended a forum about the law in behalf of her father, Senate President Tito Sotto, who is the principal author of the law.
Also in the event is Senator Anna Theresa “Risa” Hontiveros, who is also the principal author of the law.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Philippine Mental Health Act o Republic Act No. 11036 last June 21.
The law aims to provide mental health services and other programs for those who are suffering from mental health illnesses.
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Other celebrities who previously admitted that they are suffering from depression are Vice Ganda, Nora Aunor, JM de Guzman, Nadine Lustre, Jake Zyrus, Jed Madela, Kiana Valenciano, Sofia Andres, Ryza Cenon, and Hashtags member Paulo Angeles.
What do you think of Ciara’s admission that she had depression? Do you think mental illnesses deserve more attention and care from the government? Tell us in the comments section!