Mind you, this is how you use your platform!
While the stigma on mental health in the Philippines is still very much present and persistent, personalities like Nadine Lustre, Liza Soberano, and Yassi Pressman are fighting with us to end this toxic mindset. The good news? Nadine just confirmed that the three of them are actually working on a platform called Mind You, that’s aimed to make consultations with psychiatrists therapists more accessible to the public.
Nadine Lustre is working on a mental health platform called 'Mind You' with Yassi Pressman and Liza Soberano: It's a platform that will create easier access to therapists, psychiatrists. There is still a stigma on mental health so we are trying our best to normalize it.— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) November 10, 2021
While this isn’t the first time they opened up about the discussion on mental health, a short video surfaced online where they were asked questions that are often hard to answer. “How do we tackle the current national mental health crisis? What can we do to help the Filipinos?,” asks Nadine. She herself has received countless insults for openly talking about her mental health and battle with depression and anxiety. Nadine Lustre knows what it feels like and she continuously claps back and stands up against this toxicity.
Really hoping that this movie will spread awareness and enlighten us on the struggles of dealing with mental health. But the poster? It’s a no for me. Mental health is NOT a joke. Stop the stigma. pic.twitter.com/EHndPS2khs— Liza Soberano (@lizasoberano) February 8, 2021
“Mental health is NOT a joke. Stop the stigma,” says Liza. If you can recall back in February, she called out a film director for using a controversial poster for his film that made fun of those who are mentally ill. Firm about her beliefs, she said, “Really hoping that this movie will spread awareness and enlighten us on the struggles of dealing with mental health. But the poster? It’s a no for me.” In case anyone forgot, Liza herself is a psychology major.
Yassi Pressman on the other hand recently opened up about her realizations on how she takes care of her mind. She likened it to surfing against big waves. “Take a couple of breaths in a spot where the waves are calmer, and when you are ready start paddling back. Get back to the beginning, no matter how well you do, take the risk,” says Yassi in an Instagram post she shared on World Mental Health Day. Another surprise? It was actually her who powered this campaign with Mental Health Summit to end the stigma through her new venture, MIND YOU—a platform dedicated to providing accessible therapy & counseling to individuals. A true queen, indeed!
While this will certainly not end the stigma deeply embedded in our culture, and these women know it first hand, it at least helps drive the conversation to a wider, more encompassing scale. And with every chance they get, they try to get the message across. Now this is how you use your platform, folks. These three ladies may look like they have everything figured out, but beneath the surface, they have hidden battles that they’re fighting, too. And every chance they can get, they educate the masses against the unending toxic stigma against mental health like you and me by baring their truth of truths.
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