Mental Health is the focus at the Health Summit in the Philippines

Cavite, Philippines | Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD)

The Southern Asia-Pacific Division hosted its first ever Mental Health Summit. More than 400 delegates coming from the three Philippine unions participated in the summit on February 21-23, 2021. The Mental Health Summit investigated the inseparable relationship between the mind, the body, and the spirit, with the hallmark Adventist view of education: restoring the image of God in man. "The future is bright for the Adventist Mental Health Care system in the Philippines. This gathering of medical practitioners and Bible workers opens opportunities for integration to deliver effective ways and strategies that address numerous issues in mental health here in the Philippines," noted SSD health ministries director, Dr. Lalaine Alfanoso. Into the future, the organizers aim to host yearly mental health summits for the Division, and to establish more mental health care groups assigned to Adventist hospitals to assist in patients having signs of mental health issues. This leads to a bigger goal of having an Adventist facility dedicated to addressing mental disorders in the Philippines.