A Depression Awareness Campaign



The IT GETS BETTER Depression Awareness Campaign seeks to raise awareness about depression and reduce the stigma that surrounds it by creating positive, fact-based and hopeful messages about teen depression for the school community. 




The Philippines has the lowest suicide rate among ASEAN member states. But mental illnesses, such as depression, persist in the country.


While the suicide rate in the country is lower compared to other countries, the figures have steadily risen over a period of 20 years from 1992 to 2012. It was found that in 2012 alone, as many as seven Filipinos took their own lives in a day. That’s a troubling rate of one person committing suicide every three and a half hours.


Tristan Yuvienco, a student of the University of the Philippines, wrote a comprehensive paper on mental depression among college students in Metro Manila.


According to his survey, 96 percent of the participants reported having experienced an episode of moderately intense to very intense depression during their stay in school. Academic work is the biggest factor that gave them “depressed feelings,” followed by family issues and relationship problems.


Quoting mental health experts, Yuvienco wrote: “When faced with stressful events, individuals prone to depression experience negative thoughts to one’s self, the world, and the future. For these individuals, the environment presents obstacles that are so overwhelming that they guarantee personal failure. This world is seen as an overwhelming burden filled with excessive demands and daily defeats, making these individuals experience helplessness. This ends up with a negatively distorted way of thinking.”



To deal with this negative way of thinking that causes depression, mental health professionals list two types of treatment. One is called “biologically based intervention,” which usually involves prescription of antidepressant drugs. The other is called “intrapersonally based intervention,” which involves listening to and talking with a depressed person with the aim of helping change his or her negative way of thinking into a positive way of looking at life.


Of these two types of treatment, the second is considered the more effective treatment. “A person experiencing depression requires help from an individual with a supportive, understanding, and empathic mindset,” Yuvienco wrote, citing experts in his paper. 





·  Talk Series: Mental Health Awareness (Read Story)

                                 March 24, 27, 29 & 31, 2017, UB RCB Dome


·  It Gets Better Arts Festival (Read Story)

                                 April 8, 2017: Artwork Preparation

                                 April 17 - 21, 2017: Artwork Display

                                 April 24, 2017: Forum, UB RCB Dome, 9 AM 


·  It Gets Better Infomercial Competition (Read Story) 

                                     May 2017 


· "Parenting the iGeneration" (Read Story)

                                 October 7, 2017, UB Gym


· "Why Talking About Depression Matters" (Read Story)

                                 November 23, 2017, UB Gym





See Mia's story, one that revolves around resilience, strength, and hope. 

















The IT GETS BETTER campaign is an information, education and communication campaign project of the UB Media Affairs and Publications Office, in coordination with the UB Center for Counseling and Student Development and the UB Office of Student Affairs. The Media Affairs and Publications Office works with Miss UB winners on the campaign to give some relevance and cause into the pageant. The launch features Miss UB 2016 Zsan Kathreen Anne Botiwey and Miss UB 2015 Alianah Yen.




With the campaign, we hope to help eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and encourage positive active discussion in the campus about depression and other forms of mental health condition, empowering not only teens but also everyone to take charge of their mental health.






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