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For those interested in advocating for mental health awareness but unsure how to start, Naguit reassures that there are different ways to do so: “Choosing one way should not, in any way, invalidate how other advocates fight for mental health. Know what way of advocating you are most comfortable with, and are really good at, and find the organization that can best nurture that passion. Be with the organization that also leads to personal growth and fulfillment and, as cliché as it may sound, you’ll never work a day.”
Huibonhoa adds that if joining a mental health organization is not for you, there is one major thing you can do: “Study. Stigma is our biggest problem now. It is what is standing in the way of many solvable problems when it comes to mental health. Keep yourself informed, and do your part in guarding society from illogical prejudice and unnecessary suffering.”
No matter your location, background or age, Lee advises that you take advantage of the opportunities presented to you in your immediate surroundings, like school or social media: “People my age can take part in organizations, events and they can apply mental health‑related topics in their school or student council projects.
They can create programs to help mental health awareness in the country through their extracurricular activities. They can even use social media as a tool to simply post quotes or stories of people, to inspire others on the importance of mental health in the country. The possibilities are endless!”