In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Ateneo Law Student Council spearheaded a talk, with Dr. Gia Sison and Atty. Ross Tugade as guest speakers, entitled Mindful Magis: A Symposium on Self-Care and Well-Being, held last October 18, 2018 in 4/F Justitia, Ateneo Professional Schools. The aim of the event is to raise mental health awareness as well as to give advice on how to take care of oneself in the everyday pursuit of being “magis.”
Dr. Gia Sison, the host of CNN’s G Talks and the National Adviser of Youth for Mental Health Coalition, Inc., focused her discussion on developing mental strength. She pointed out that a person, to be healthy, must not only be attributed to his/her physical condition, but other aspects of his/her well-being (i.e., mental, spiritual and emotional) must also be taken into consideration. Moreover, she emphasized that a person who is in the profession of helping others must learn how to take care of him/herself first before extending assistance to others. Throughout her talk, she gave relevant and useful tips on how to improve and develop mental strength.
On the other hand, Atty. Ross Tugade, an employee of the Commission of Human Rights and a Member of Youth for Mental Health Coalition, Inc., rooted her thoughts and discussion primarily on the experiences she had during her law school days as well as on her present career as a practitioner. She tapped on the usual mental health challenges faced by law students nowadays and gave solutions on how to address such problems in a practicable manner. She likewise gave tips and advice to law students on how to survive law school one day at a time.
Students and speakers also engaged in a meaningful discourse about mental health all throughout the event.
“The discussion was very relatable since the problems were focused in a law school setting, and that the speakers were very helpful in giving tips and advice that the students can apply in real life situations,” Jerry Santos of Block 3D said.
“Aside from the fact that a lot of people attended, I saw that people who came were really interested in the advocacy. More importantly, this event is really a manifestation that we could make Ateneo Law School a safer place for us,” Project Head Yves Medina added.
In recent months, mental health awareness has significantly gained spotlight not just in the law school community, but also in the national level. This event helps law students assess and develop their mental strength and eventually demonstrates to them the importance of self-care and well-being in the pursuit of achieving their dreams of becoming a lawyer. #