This project is a campaign to advocate for mental health and well-being at UP Baguio community based on the framework of positive psychology. This project envisions a flourishing UPB community; hence, the title: Project Wasdin Sumya. ‘Wasdin Sumya’ is a Kankanaey term that expresses words of blessings, positivity, and hopefulness for everyone to flourish, to succeed in their life’s journey, and to overcome whatever challenges and obstacles there may be.
1. launch the awareness and advocacy campaign on mental health and well-being through creative arts to engage the UPB community (T-shirt design, photography, and other visual arts contest)
2. make this campaign visible and information easily accessible through the distribution of publication materials both online and in print, (Psychosocial Crisis Management Protocol manual, directory of mental health services providers, and other information, educational and communications materials like brochures promoting mental health)
3. conduct a series of psychoeducation programs to inform, educate and empower the UP Baguio community to become co-advocates of mental health
4. organize and establish a Peer Advocacy Training Program to enjoin and empower students in this mental health advocacy.
This project hopes to conduct a school-wide campaign to promote mental health and well-being. One of the major task is to reproduce the UP Baguio Psychosocial Crisis Management Protocol (PCMP), a policy for school-based suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention guidelines. This is a strength-based approach as it puts a premium on enhancing mental health and well-being which significantly counters self-harming behaviors. Click to view PCMP. Click to view PubMat.
With this protocol, the project will lead to the conduct of regular psychoeducational training, Peer Education, and creative arts therapy workshops for students and employees of UP Baguio. The use of multimodal and multicultural approaches will be employed to increase knowledge, build healthy coping skills, and enhance the growth mindset of students and UPB staff in this advocacy. Hence, creative arts therapy workshops (T-shirt design, visual arts, photography contests) will be facilitated. Also, this project aims to establish a Peer Advocacy Training program to encourage students to become advocates of youth development and empowerment. They will be the service arm of the office of counseling and guidance in extending its programs and services.
This project is targeted to be implemented starting May 2023 to coincide with the celebration of Guidance Month in the Philippines and will end by October 2023 which is Mental Health Awareness Month worldwide.
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