Think you know about Mental Health? Beyond Small Talk brings it to Light

Many people have preconceived notions about mental health, which is the root of misjudgments and criticisms on people who are going through issues related to it.

To respond to this, Beyond Small Talk, hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Calit, and psychotherapist and counselor Zenia Lim Panahon discusses mental health and what to watch out for to prevent having issues with it especially now as we battle against COVID-19.

Mental health and mental illness are two different things. 

Mental health refers to how you feel, behave, and think as a person.

It is a “state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community,” according to the World Health Organization.

“Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors,” defined by Mayo Clinic.

Factors such as the environment you’re raised in, genetics or heredity, social and economic position, and your temperament can affect your mental health that may cause mental illness.

One of the symptoms you should carefully watch out for is when you experience sadness, happiness, or anger in an overwhelming manner lasting for at least 2 weeks. By this time, it is suggested that you seek professional help.

DO NOT, in any way, self-diagnose or let anyone nor the internet do so to you. This is a very dangerous path to take, Zenia explained.

Some of the negative repercussions to this include misdiagnosis, undetected medical condition, and underdiagnosis or overdiagnosis that lead to inaccurate treatment, says Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services in their blog entitled The Dangers Of Self-Diagnosis.

The key is to not assume but visit a trained health professional.

Sadly, according to the Department of Health, as cited by Philippine Star in their article DOH: It’s time to talk about, address depression, “In the Philippines, 3.3 million Filipinos suffer from depressive disorders, with suicide rates in 2.5 males and 1.7 females per 100,000.”

That’s why Beyond Small Talk is eager to raise mental health awareness.  There is hope for you if you are struggling with it.

We want to pray for you! Let’s lift up to God your worries and fears. You may call now CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700.

Do not miss the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk and join its online discussion on April 4, 2020, 7pm at The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.


  • Cheryl Santos

    Hi just like to check if Im already a Christian I should not feel depressed because I have Christ in me. I already serve as a lifeshaper Sunday School Teacher since I had A Pulmonary TB it really made me hopeless that I cant get work na maayos

    • Thank you very much for trusting us, Cheryl. Jesus loves you so much and He understands what you are going through. He endured His sufferings for our sake, so that we can have His peace and the anointing to rise above the troubles we are facing! Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” He knows all about the sickness you are suffering because He bore your sicknesses and pains on the cross. Be strong and draw closer to Him. We stand in agreement with you that you will be fully healed, in the name of Jesus. Amen. Feel free to contact us anytime at 737-0700. God bless you, Cheryl.

  • Teresa S. Bulatao

    Want a help. Thanks po.

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