The role of parents in the mental health development of their children was highlighted as a major concern in the growing need for a better relationship within the families and communities.
This was stressed during a whole-day symposium dubbed as “Summit for Families on Mental Health” held at the Bohol Cultural Center yesterday.
Resource speakers were registered psychologists Miriam Cue, Lilian Gue, and Marietta Bandija.
The speakers shed light on mental health awareness, which they said is a topic that is very important, but unfortunately, not being discussed enough.
The summit presented that most parents seem to be unable to really grasp the concept of mental health. This is probably because when the parents today were younger, mental health was barely an issue, far from what it is today. However, especially with the influence of technology and social media, times have changed.
The speakers advised that it would then be best if parents could also learn to adapt, to put in more effort to understand what their children are going through, to not dismiss their struggles just because they can’t comprehend it.
Likewise, the summit highlighted the speakers’ practical points on how to better help and understand those with depression, suicidal tendencies, and other mental health concerns. They also mentioned the importance of spirituality and quality connections, and how they can be great defenses against mental illness.
The summit showed the participants that one’s mental wellness is heavily affected by one’s environment, most especially their home.
Parents were reminded that their children spend most of their time in their homes as it is in the homes that they return to after facing life’s adversities.
Parents were challenged to set a good example and foster healthy relationships with their children. By doing so, parents will be able to do their part in strengthening their children’s mental health, the summit stressed. (with reports from Divine Joy Dejaresco)