KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – In support of building a Resilient and Healthy Philippines, NEDA XII officials and staff underwent a burn out test and attended a stress management session on July 20, 2022 at the SOCCSKSARGEN Hall, NEDA XII Building, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City.

Mr. Mohammad Zein Kali of the Department of Health SOCCSKSARGEN Region facilitated the burn-out test to 40 NEDA XII employees to test the level of stress in their work. The result showed that some are doing fine, others are burning out, while a few are candidates of being burned-out.

To have a better handle of an individual’s stresses, Kali conducted a stress management session which focused on understanding mental health in general and the physical signs of stresses.

One key take away from the session is that there are many ways to hack or stimulate one’s happy hormones consisting of dopamine and endorphins.

The session encouraged everyone to sway away from stress by engaging in self-awareness, activities like sports, listening to music, socialize with friends and families among others.

Understanding one’s mental health is important to the overall wellness of a person.

Mental health helplines were established in the region, namely: the DOH-CHD SOCCSKSARGEN Crisis Helpline @MH-DOHCHD12 Mental Health Service with helpline number at 09363793386 and the Dangpanay sa South Cotabato by the IPHO SouthCot. DOH-CHD helpline would like to ask “Kumusta Ka, Usap Tayo”… just dial the number.

The activity was done as part of the 48th Nutrition Month Celebration with a theme, “New Normal na Nutrisyon, Sama-Samang Gawan ng Solusyon! (Evie A Cabulanan, NEDA XII – DRD)