The Aurora Mental Health Center officially launched its Facebook page on May 24, 2023, at the Governor’s Conference Room in Provincial Capitol Baler, Aurora. This significant occasion represents a collaborative effort among various entities, including the Provincial Government of Aurora, the Aurora State College of Technology, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Provincial Health Office, Aurora Memorial Hospital, the Department of Health, Aurora Police Provincial Office, and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. Together, they are committed to promoting mental health and well-being throughout the province.
The event commenced with a warm welcome message from Ms. Abigaiel F. Paulino – Provincial Social Worker Development Officer. Ms. Paulino emphasized the importance of mental health and expressed gratitude for the collective effort put forth to establish the Aurora Mental Health Center and it’s social media platform. She commended the collaboration between different entities, highlighting their commitment to supporting mental health initiatives in Aurora.
Representing Governor Christian M. Noveras, is Mr. Jason Simon – Executive Assistant, shared a heartfelt message. Mr. Simon conveyed Governor Noveras’ unwavering support for mental health programs and initiatives in the province. He stressed the significance of utilizing social media platforms to reach a wider audience, enabling greater access to information and resources.
Diana Rose P. deMesa-Amazona, Information Officer III and one of the representatives of ASCOT President Eutiquio L. Rotaquio, Jr., PhD, read the message from the college president. Rotaquio expressed his pride in ASCOT’s partnership with the Provincial Government of Aurora and various agencies in advocating and prioritizing mental health. ASCOT is dedicated to providing support and establishing a strong system for those in need. By expanding services and implementing innovative programs, ASCOT aims to empower individuals, reduce stigma, and make a lasting impact. Rotaquio encouraged everyone to work together in building a resilient and mentally healthy community.
The ceremony’s highlight was the presentation by ASCOT’s Ms. Dolores Salvacion Tolentino, RGC, a registered guidance counselor and mental health advocate. Ms. Tolentino provides mental health training and seminars to frontline workers and volunteers as part of ASCOT’s extension services. She showcased the Aurora Mental Health Center’s official Facebook page and highlighted its features and resources, emphasizing its role in disseminating valuable information, providing support, and fostering community engagement. ASCOT is also a main member of the Facebook technical group.
During the event, all participants were invited to sign a pledge of commitment, symbolizing their dedication to raising awareness, supporting those in need, and combating the stigma surrounding mental health.
The AMHC Facebook page will serve as a vital platform for sharing information, resources, and personal stories related to mental health. It will empower individuals by providing them with the necessary tools to better understand and address their mental well-being. Moreover, the page will create a safe and inclusive space for community interaction, encouraging dialogue and support among its followers. It serves as a reminder that everyone has a role to play in supporting those affected by mental health challenges and creating a more compassionate society.
To learn more about the Aurora Mental Health Center and access valuable mental health resources, visit their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AuroraMentalHealthPage.