SEEK FOR HELP, YOU ARE NOT ALONE
From the 26th to the 28th day of September 2023, the Guidance Office conducted an activity for Suicide Prevention Month with the theme, “Seek for Help, You Are Not Alone”. The activity aims to raise awareness and provide important information about ways to address psychosocial issues and concerns, as well as promote mental wellness in the students. Supposedly, the activity should have happened on the 22nd day of September, however, there was an unexpected suspension of classes due to the volcanic smog caused by Taal Volcano, which led to the rescheduling of the activity.
On the first day, early in the morning, the guidance team set up all the materials to be used in the booth. The guidance booth contains the following activities: freedom wall which is named as “Wall of Hope”, there was also coloring of bookmarks, a photo booth, distribution of flyers, as well as box of treasures that consisted of a number of responses from other students who participated in “Dear Future Self” and “Share the best thing you said to someone” activity. As the booth was ready, at first, some students were wondering what the booth was, and some students were confused about what event were happening at that time. Therefore, the guidance team decided to approach the students to participate and let them know that the activities were intended for them. As a result, students started to participate around lunchtime since that was the only free time for most of them as they were preparing for their first day of examinations. Most of the students who participated on the first day were from the College Department as they were the ones who were on the campus for their classes and examinations.
The next day, the 27th day of September, an unexpected number of students participated in the booth. Most of them were from Junior and Senior High School Departments. Most of the high school students had fun coloring their bookmarks at the booth. Aside from that, a lot of groups of friends enjoyed taking pictures in the photo booth section. On the last day of the activity, some students just finished most of their examinations which led them to participate more in the activity, especially in the freedom wall where they expressed their thoughts, wishes, and a lot more.
Despite the unexpected circumstances experienced during the implementation of the activity, these did not hinder students from participating and engaging in the activities prepared for them. There were also students who were looking forward to this kind of activity happening again as most students had a great time expressing themselves freely and safely.
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