Ant’s quote is spot on regarding the way in which mental health is discussed (or better yet, the lack of its discussion in some settings). There are many individuals, families, and organizations (for-profit & non-profit) that have began discussions of mental health. In order to create the change that needs to occur for the advancement of our society, these discussions need not stop or waver when frustrations and challenges arise.
By remaining conscientious of mental health in our personal lives and having an awareness of the policies that further impact the access to treatment, we as a society can create lasting change.
Please visit this link, http://manila.usembassy.gov/mobile/usc-up-women-empowerment-legislation.html, to read about USC Social Work students’ visit to the US Embassy.
During the Philippine Global Immersion Program, USC and students from the University of the Philippines Manila and Diliman visited the US Embassy for a discussion about women’s empowerment and legislation. The event was welcomed by Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), Brian Goldbeck, an alumni of USC, on June 5th. The speakers at the event were former Congresswoman Lia Maza and Senator Loren Legarda of the Philippines.
Pictures from the event can be seen by visiting the link provided above.