3 Tips to Improve Your Mental and Emotional Health During the Pandemic

Have you been feeling really overwhelmed lately?

When we neglect our mental and emotional health, especially during these trying times, it can start to worsen – sometimes to the point that it becomes anxiety and depression.

Good news! There are ways to get our mental and emotional health back on track!

Here are three ways we can improve your mental and emotional health, from Licensed Clinical Counselor, Mental Health Advocate, and Beyond Small Talk guest, Dr. Tito Almadin:

1. Accept the reality

It is time to stop resisting reality.

The pandemic is real. The troubles we’re experiencing right now are actually happening. The changes might be hard to accept, but you can only move forward when you learn to accept that they are happening.

Acceptance isn’t a passive state of contentment. Psych Central says it’s good to practice radical acceptance. Radical acceptance means accepting life on life’s terms. Doing so helps you conserve emotional energy and gain clarity on what you need and how to get it.

Embrace the past and find ways on how you can move forward today!

2. Behave appropriately

“When is this pandemic going to end?”

If you’ve asked this question to yourself, you are not alone. Everyone deals with the uncertainty brought by the crisis, and many have spiraled into overwhelming panic.

Do your best to focus on what you can control, plan for what you can, and ease your “pandemic panic” by refusing to succumb to negative thinking.

As Dr. Tito puts it, “Let’s not panic. Let’s not be too paranoid and scared or think negative thoughts so that we don’t get discouraged.”

3. Commit to be better each day

You can make the changes you need to improve your mental health. But to be able to do that, you need to commit.

You need to commit to take steps to improve your condition. Seek help from loved ones and mental health professionals. Make a commitment to yourself that you will take care of yourself more.

You’re not stuck! Find support. Seek help. Seek God’s help.

“Adjust every day. Give yourself a chance to get better. Find people who can help you and talk to them about your feelings and struggles. Don’t keep your problems to yourself,” Dr. Tito encouraged.

Are you struggling with your mental and emotional health?

Begin your steps to peace today and allow us to encourage you through prayers. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Stay tune for more tips about mental health! Watch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

See you there!

6 Tips for Parents with a Child Struggling with their Mental Health

No parent ever wants their child diagnosed with a mental illness.

But the truth is, mental health disorders know no age. It could happen to anyone, even to young children, teens, and older adults. Knowing what to do to help their child struggling with their mental health is a big challenge for most parents.

If you’re wondering how you can support your child, Beyond Small Talk guest Paolo Punzalan shares 6 parenting tips to help your child on their mental health journey:

Tip #1: Make your home a safe space for your children

Everyone needs a safe place to flourish. To fully support your child, make sure that your home is a safe place to come home to – both physically and emotionally.

Assure your child that you are willing to understand and listen to their concerns. Start a conversation, and allow them to open up when they want to or when they’re comfortable.

“I tell my children that no matter what happens, they can always come home. Our home should be a place where they can be themselves. That doesn’t mean we won’t discipline or put boundaries. But it should be a safe space. So we listen, we validate. Sometimes we just hug them and not force them to talk,” Paolo shared.

Tip #2: Don’t take things personally

Does your child keep ignoring you? Do they seem rather irritated and a little less than friendly?

Don’t take it personally. Symptoms of mental illnesses differ from one another, but they all affect how your child respond to their environment. Use empathy, not argument.

Paolo recalled, “That became my problem, too. I took it personally. I’d tell them, ‘Why don’t you talk to me? I want to help you but you’re ignoring me!’ It was painful, but we just really need to be there. Those were some of the lessons I learned as my children went through different things during this pandemic.”

Tip #3: Turn to God

No matter how you try to carry everything on your own, you can’t do it all alone. There is no need to be overwhelmed. You can always pray and seek God’s strength, hope, and comfort for you and your child.

“If we love our children, God loves them more. We can surrender all our worries to God,” Paolo reminds.

Tip #4: Be very patient

Looking after anyone who is struggling with their mental health can be physically and emotionally draining. If you find your patience being tested, take the time to think about what your child is going through and remember to take care of your own mental health, too.

Paolo has a suggestion for you, “I know sometimes we want to question them why they wouldn’t talk to us or  even want to eat. But that’s not the time to correct them, it’s a time to be patient.”

Tip #5: Ask for help

It’s good to ask for help. Sometimes, people want to help you and your child, but they do not know how. Give people the opportunity to bless you however they can.

Likewise, Paolo encourages you to seek help from doctors and mental health professionals, “Mental health problems are treatable. I know there’s a stigma, but God can bring healing. If there’s a need to go to a professional, it’s perfectly okay to go to a counselor or a psychiatrist.”

Tip #6: Be present

Every parent should be intentional about “Present parenting.” It’s challenging, but don’t just find time—make time for your child. And whenever you’re together, it’s best to give them your undivided attention.

“More than anything, be present. Love them unconditionally. Tell them, ‘No matter what happens, anak, I’m here. I will love you.’

As you connect with your child, gently connect them to Jesus, too. Everyone—including you and your child—will go through challenges in life, and you can’t be around them 24/7, forever. But when they get to know God, He can guide them.

Be present, pray, and teach your child that they can turn to God every time.

Is your child struggling with their mental health?

Allow us to comfort you through prayers. Feel free to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

For more meaningful content, catch the brand new webisodes of Beyond Small Talk every Saturday, 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel.

How to Support a Loved One with Mental Health Problems – Beyond Small Talk

Mental illness could happen to anyone and it could be difficult to recognize.

Unlike a physical wound that is easy to spot, mental illness is an internal war hidden behind a smile, a hello, and the telltale phrase, “I’m okay.”

According to Mayo Clinic, some of the warning signs you should watch out for are “excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt, significant tiredness, low energy, and inability to cope with daily problems or stress.”

If you recognize these symptoms in a friend, colleague, or family member, check out these tips from Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Kakilala and psychotherapist Alain Dizon to know how you can better support them in this journey.

1. Make the person feel that nothing has changed

You might feel awkward when approaching them, but try to relax. Make them feel that you’re the same person they have known and you still see them the same way. Create a safe place for them to unload and share their struggles without judging nor condemning them.

2. Ask them how you could help

It’s okay to be honest and to admit that you don’t know what to do. Ask them how you could help. Always take the cue from the person.

Tell them your limitations and boundaries when helping, but assure them that you’ll journey with them to recovery.

3. Learn how to listen

Avoid acting like an expert by trying to fix your loved ones’ problems. What they need are your heartfelt presence and listening ear to make them feel that you genuinely care.

Also, don’t force them to speak if they are not yet ready to open up. Just make yourself available whenever they are comfortable to finally talk.

4. Educate yourself

One of the biggest challenges that people with mental illness have to deal with is stigma. Educating yourself will help you to better relate to them and provide the best assistance.

Did these tips help you? Feel free to comment on the online discussion and make sure to catch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk! Watch it next Saturday, October 23, 2021, 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel!

Also, we would love to pray for you and your loved ones who are suffering from mental health problems.

Call 8-737-0-7-00 if you’re in Metro Manila. If you’re outside Metro Manila or the Philippines, contact us through CBN Asia Prayer Center.

3 Self-Care Practices for a Healthier Body, Soul, and Spirit – Beyond Small Talk

Taking care of your overall well-being is integral to being a healthy and productive person.

It enables you to be more productive, it boosts your immune system, enhances your self-esteem, and improves your compassion towards others, says Katherine Hurst of The Law of Attraction in her article What Is Self-Care And Why Is Self-Care Important?.

But then, a lot of people still think that self-care is being selfish and inconsiderate.

In this webisode of Beyond Small Talk, hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Calit, and Zenia Panahon discuss the importance of self-care. They also share tips that you can apply to have a healthier body, soul, and spirit.

1. Learn to listen to your body

Are the pressures of life crushing you down? Swamped by your daily tasks and cannot function well?

Be sensitive to detect the messages that your body sends to you.

“Self-care is not being selfish, it is being healthy,” Zenia Panahon emphasized.

Can you hear your body groan and complain? It’s okay to take a step back and retreat.

2. Set aside some time for yourself

Stress is everywhere. It is inevitable.

You need to find some time to slow down, clear your thoughts, and get replenished. You may try meditating, take a 10-15 minute walk every day, or clean and declutter your desk.

According to Zenia Panahon, “Self-care routines vary for different people. It still depends on what works for you and what recharges you.”

3. Make a habit of spending time with God.

Dedicate a time for just you and God.

Say a word of prayer, give thanks to Him, and read what He wants to say to you through His Word.

You can come to God in all your brokenness. Allow Him to make you whole and to comfort you while in the midst of your raging sea of stress and negative emotions.

Peter Kairuz says it beautifully, “When God comforts you, it’s all-encompassing. It’s not just your spirit, but your body benefits from that moment with God.”

If you’re suffering from mental illness, Beyond Small Talk is here for you and ready to listen.

Do not hesitate to join our online discussion and share your struggles with us.

You may also call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and we would love to pray for you.

For more inspiring content and practical tips, catch the next webisodes of Beyond Small Talk every Saturday, at 7:00 PM at The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

10 Common Myths on Mental Health Problems Debunked – Beyond Small Talk

Judged. Mocked. Discriminated.

These are real battles people with mental illness deal with every day because of stigma from society.

In fact, the Department of Health, as cited by Philippine Star in their article DOH: It’s time to talk about, address depression made an alarming statement, “We need to start talking about depression to end the stigma surrounding mental health because, when left unattended, it can lead to suicide.”

You can help your struggling friend, workmate, or family member with mental health problems. You just have to be willing to learn, unlearn, and relearn hard truths about it.

Take time to check out these 10 common myths on mental illness debunked by Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Calit, and Zenia Panahon.

Myth #1: Mental health problems can only be experienced at a certain age.

Truth: Mental health problems could manifest at any age. According to Mayo Clinic in their article Mental illness in children: Know the signs, like adults, children can also develop the same mental illness such as anxiety disorders, Schizophrenia, and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Myth #2: People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable.

Truth: Not all who people who have mental health problems act violently. It still varies on the condition and MentalHealth.gov says in their article Mental Health Myths and Facts, “only 3%–5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness.”

Myth #3: People with mental health problems cannot deal with jobs and/or school.

Truth: There are people with mental health issues who are highly functional and productive members of society. This is why you should be sensitive to  signs of mental illness in your loved ones.

Myth #4: Personality flaws are often cause of mental health issues. You could snap out of it over time.

Truth: Mental health issues can be sourced from different factors such as genetics, environment, socio-economic standing, and temperament, says Zenia Panahon.

Also, you can’t snap out of it. You need professional help and ongoing family support which are both vital toward healing from mental health issues.

Myth #5: Once you experience mental health problems, you will never get out of it.  

Truth: Mental illness is treatable. If you seek help and gain support, you can recuperate from it.

Myth #6: Taking medications is the only answer.

Truth: Some recover from mental health issues solely with the help of friends, family, and mental health professionals, but there are others who also need medication.

Myth #7: It is impossible to prevent mental illness.

Truth: You cannot really control life’s trials and challenges, so there are times that it may push you to your limit.

But, Mayo Clinic explained in Mental Illness that “If you have a mental illness, taking steps to control stress, to increase your resilience and to boost low self-esteem may help keep your symptoms under control.”

Myth #8: Mental illness is a form of brain damage.

Truth: Brain damage is physical. Mental health is how you feel, behave, and think as a person.

Myth #9: I can’t do anything for people who have mental health issues.

Truth: You can do something about it by being a good support system to them. Show your support by learning how to deal with your loved ones who have mental health issues and accompanying them when seeking professional help, Zenia Panahon explained.

Myth #10: If I seek help, others would think I’m crazy.

Truth: When you seek help, you are investing in taking care of yourself, says Zenia Panahon.

Do you still have questions and clarifications?

Join the online discussion and don’t miss the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

If you’re facing an overwhelming barrage of challenges because of the pandemic and don’t know how to handle it, we want to pray for you. Just call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700.

Frontliners, How’s Your Mental Health? Here are 3 Essential Tips for You

The brave first responders. Modern-day heroes. Frontliners.

Healthcare and essential workers are praised and given these names, and it’s only right to honor them. They put their lives on the line to treat overwhelming numbers of COVID-19 patients. They serve for long hours while most of them live in isolation from their loved ones. They care for people’s needs and keep the country going.

If you are a frontliner, thank you for doing what you do!

Despite these various roles, we acknowledge that you might also be struggling with fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. If you feel stressed and overwhelmed during this challenging season, take this time to breathe.

We are here to pray for you. And here are 3 tips to take care of your mental health, if you need them:

Tip #1: Make time for yourself

Everyone is battling the COVID-19 pandemic in their own different ways. But we can’t imagine how difficult it is for frontliners like you.

At the end of the day, you can only fulfill your heroic duties if you are your own hero. So, carve out time for self-care. Prioritize sleep, commit to regular exercise, and eat healthy. Relax a little! Listen to music, watch a film or a cat video. Do activities that soothe your mind.

Also, give yourself credit, the Mental Health First Aid suggests. Appreciate the important work that you’re doing and give gratitude to yourself.

Tip #2: Talk to other people

Whether it’s a family member, a friend, or a mental health professional, sharing your thoughts and concerns to other people you trust is good for your mental health.

By talking to others, you can make them feel that they’re not alone! You can encourage each other and build each other up! (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT)

Also, talk to the people you work with. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, communicating with your coworkers and supervisors helps you cope with difficult situations and become resilient. If you have concerns about yourself and your job, talk openly so they can help you.

Think about what works best for you and don’t hesitate to ask how you can access mental health resources in your workplace.

Tip #3: Lean on God

Other people – including the ones closest to you – may not understand everything that’s going on in your life, but God knows.

If you feel that the stress and pressure are too much to handle, pause and pray. You can always come to God because He is your ever-present help (Psalm 46:1). That means you can talk to Him, cry to Him, and ask for His strength and comfort.

Keep going. Keep praying. God is with you every step of the way!

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT)

Do you feel stressed or overwhelmed?

Do you need someone to talk to?

We would love to support and comfort you through prayers. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and our trained prayer counselors will pray for you.

Prayers for those who Struggle with their Mental Health

Prayers for those who Struggle with their Mental Health

Do you want to pray for your mental health, but you cannot find the words to say?

Are you willing to pray for a loved one who has a mental health concern, but you do not know where to start?

This Mental Health Awareness Week, here are some powerful prayers to help you start. Let us gather and declare that the power of Jesus Christ is bigger than any mental health struggle!

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)

A prayer if you are dealing with anxiety: 

Heavenly Father, as I come to you today, I ask that you cleanse my heart. I release any anger, resentment, or negative feelings in me. Help me forgive everyone who wronged me as I also seek Your mercy for all the wrong things I did.

I come to You believing that You can heal not just my body, but also my anxious mind.

Jesus, You said that if we ask anything in Your Name, then we will receive. So today, I receive your grace. I receive Your comfort and strength.

When I am crushed by my fears or worries, remind me that I have already received Your peace. Whenever my mind’s like a raging storm, help me express grace to myself. Remind me that I do not have to fear any storm when my Savior is on board.

Thank You, God, because I know that my mental health and healing are important to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

(Read John 14:14, Romans 5:1)

A prayer if you are dealing with depression: 

Heavenly Father, I come to You today to ask for help. I may not understand what I feel but I declare that You are freeing me from this depression – in the Name of Jesus!

Lord, take the spirit of heaviness away. I release painful experiences that weigh me down and I welcome Your healing.

Whenever I feel lost in my own thoughts, God, take over my mind. Take over my mind, body, and soul for they all belong to You.

Thank You, Lord, for Your love, patience, and boundless grace.  I praise You for healing me and delivering me from depression. I praise You, Jesus, for filling my mind with what is good, pleasing, and perfect. Amen.

(Read Psalm 100:3, Romans 12:2)

A prayer if you are dealing with psychotic disorders or other mental illnesses: 

Heavenly Father, I surrender my life to You. Whenever I lose touch with reality, in times that I cannot control my own mind and body – help me, God.

Help me focus my eyes on You. I humbly ask that You comfort and relieve me from this condition. Jesus, allow me to experience Your supernatural healing. Please restore my health, mind, and spirit.

I also pray for others who are challenged by serious and chronic mental illnesses. I lift the patients who cannot pray for themselves.

God, nothing is impossible with You. May You rescue us from our affliction, cover us and our families with your hedge of protection, and allow us to experience Your miraculous healing.

Father, I trust that everything will fall into place according to Your sovereign way, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Read: Hebrews 12:2, Psalm 30:2, Matthew 19:26)

A prayer if you are dealing with addiction: 

Heavenly Father, thank You for being my strength and hope. Thank you because I believe that You will not allow me to be stuck in this pit of addiction and self-destruction. Thank you, God, for Your patience and grace.

Help me forgive myself as You have forgiven me. I pray that Your mercy will untangle me from the snares of the enemy. May You deliver me from all temptations and help me find the strength to overcome my addiction.

Thank You for loving me more than I could ever imagine. I also pray for the love and patience of others as I work through this condition.

I praise You, Jesus, because You have prepared a good future for me. Help me to lead the rest of my life in reverence of You and Your glory. Jesus, my Lord, I receive healing in Your mighty Name. Amen.

(Read Corinthians 10:13, Jeremiah 29:11)

If you are struggling with your mental health, we are here to pray for you.

Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or contact us via email ([email protected]) or Skype (The700clubasia).

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God, Is My Life Still Worth Living?

While sitting in the dark corner of her room, Noreen Dela Cruz kept on thinking why she couldn’t get out of the black pit of depression and hopelessness.

Noreen harbored pain and sadness inside her heart while growing up and seeing her parents constantly fight against each other. 

She found temporary solace in the arms of her grandfather, but when the latter died, her life became even darker.

Grief overpowered the young and naïve Noreen. This is when she started looking for love in all the wrong places –partying all night, drugs, same-sex relationships, and casual sex.

“I would end my days drinking. I also tried drugs, but sexual encounters are what gave me fulfillment. Sex became my favorite drug. I thought it was the fulfillment of getting the attention I needed. My life became a cycle – a meaningless cycle, Noreen recalled.

Noreen continued to seek comfort, affection, and validation from other people. She would take any love she could get.

Her rebellion and vices continued until she entered into a romantic relationship while believing that with a man beside her, she would never feel empty anymore. 

“I thought he was the one for me, because he accepted me for who I was. We talked about spending the rest of our lives together. But, I found out that he was cheating,” Noreen lamented.

Despite trying so hard to find herself and what could make her happy, it seemed like nothing – and no one – could ever fill the growing void in her heart.

That really broke me. At that point, I couldn’t take it any longer. Nothing satisfied me and that’s when I started contemplating on killing myself,” Noreen recalled. For the first time, she cried out to God in utter desperation, “talked to God to prove to me that He is real and that my life would still be worth living.”

That night, sitting in the dark corner of her room, Noreen shed every tear she could. But those weren’t tears of hopelessness anymore. Those were tears of surrender to Jesus.

She never thought that God was already answering her prayers when she got invited to an outreach program and later on, a retreat. As she began to know more about Jesus, all the wounds she carry started to heal.

After hearing about the cross and what Jesus went through, I cannot reconcile how a God like that – holy and righteous – would sacrifice Himself for someone like me. That’s when I came to my senses. I thought this isn’t the way I’m supposed to be living my life! God created me for so much more than what I was running for, she said. 

Noreen accepted Jesus as her God and Savior and got baptized the next day. God also restored Noreen’s relationship with her parents and continued to use her in sharing His Word and His love to the hurting.

“The heaviness in my heart was taken out. There is so much hope. There is so much joy – the joy that I’ve been looking for so long, the joy that doesn’t go away because Christ is the foundation.

Like Noreen, do you want to break free from all the chains of your painful past?

Are you tired of looking for love, acceptance, and validation from the people around you?

Are you wondering if your life still has meaning and purpose?

Are you thinking of ending your life?

This World Mental Health Day, know that no matter how you feel right now, your life is worth living.

There is a mighty God who loves you perfectlyIf you’re on a rollercoaster of emotions, He is willing to give you comfort, joy, and peace. He has already set you free from all the bondage of your past, the weight of your current situation, and the worries you may have for your future.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36 ESV)

Receive your freedom today.

Take a step closer to God by calling the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700. We would love to journey with you through prayers.

Is Your Mental Health Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis? Beyond Small Talk Wants to Help You

The #COVID19 is a crisis and everyone is trying their best to cope right now.

If you are unable to perform your everyday tasks, isolating yourself from work or your loved ones, or physically abusing yourself, you are not alone.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the “outbreak of #COVID19 crisis may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children.”

If you are feeling this way, you don’t have to go through this alone.

Beyond Small Talk is here to help you.

Watch as CBN Asia President & CEO Peter Kairuz, actress and influencer Sonjia Calit-Kakilala, and counselor and psychotherapist Alain Dizon reads letters from people who went through mental health issues and pray for your mental wellbeing.

This is a safe place so don’t hesitate to connect with us and voice out your pains and troubles in life.

Join the online discussion and don’t miss the next webisode of  Beyond Small Talk as they talk about stress and how to overcome it on May 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM onThe 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

If you feel overwhelmed by the pressure brought by this pandemic, we want to pray for you. Just call 8737-0-700, or contact us through the CBN Asia Prayer Center or CBN Asia Facebook page.

Debunking 10 Common Myths on Mental Health – Beyond Small Talk

Judged. Mocked. Discriminated. 

These are what people with mental health struggles deal with every day because of stigma. 

In fact, the Department of Health, as cited by Philippine Star in their article DOH: It’s time to talk about, address depression made an alarming statement, “We need to start talking about depression to end the stigma surrounding mental health because, when left unattended, it can lead to suicide.” 

Learn, unlearn, and relearn the truths about mental health so you can help your struggling friend, workmate, or family member 

Here’s what Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Calit, and psychotherapist Zenia Panahon have to say regarding 10 common myths surrounding mental illness. 

Myth #1: Mental health problems can only be experienced at a certain age. 

Truth: Mental health problems could manifest at any age. According to Mayo Clinic in their article Mental illness in children: Know the signs, children can develop the same mental illness such as anxiety disorders, Schizophrenia, and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and the like as adults. 

Myth #2: People with mental health struggles are violent and unpredictable.

Truth: Not all who have mental health problems act violently. It still varies on the condition and as MentalHealth.gov says in their article Mental Health Myths and Facts, “only 3%–5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness.” 

Myth #3: People with mental health struggles cannot deal with jobs and/or school. 

Truth: A lot of people with mental health issues are highly functional and productive members of society. This is why you should be careful to watch out for warning signs of mental problems in your loved ones. 

Myth #4: Personality flaws are often caused by mental health issues. You could snap out of it over time. 

Truth: Mental health issues can be sourced from different factors such as genetics, environment, socioeconomic standing, and temperament, says Zenia Panahon. Also, you can’t just snap out of it. You need professional help and ongoing family support which are both vital toward healing. 

Myth #5: Once you experience mental health problems, you will never get out of them.   

Truth: Mental illness is treatable. If you seek help and gain support, you can recover. 

Myth #6: Taking the pill is the only answer. 

Truth: There are some who need medication, but others recover from mental health issues with the help of friends, family, and health professionals. 

Myth #7: Its impossible to prevent mental illness. 

Truth: You cannot really control life’s trials and challenges, so there are times that it may push you to your limit. But, Mayo Clinic explains in Mental Illness that “If you have a mental illness, taking steps to control stress, to increase your resilience and to boost low self-esteem may help keep your symptoms under control.” 

Myth #8: Mental illness is a form of brain damage. 

Truth: Brain damage is physical. Mental health is how you feel, behave, and think as a person. 

Myth #9: I can’t do anything for those who are experiencing mental health issues. 

Truth: You can do something about it by being a good support system to them. Show your support by learning how to deal with your family members who have mental health struggles and accompanying them when seeking professional help, Zenia Panahon explained. 

Myth #10: If I seek help, others would think of me as crazy. 

Truth: When you seek help, you are investing in yourself, says Zenia Panahon. 

Join the online discussion and don’t miss the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk on May 9, 2020, at 7:00 PM onThe 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

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Devotionals

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3