The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) launched a Mental Health Program for its personnel with a theme “Conquering the Enemy within Me” on October 9, 2020, at Camp Sabido, Guipos, Zamboanga Del Sur, in preparation of the World Mental Health Day on October 10.
The one-day seminar-workshop was facilitated by Goodlife Psychological Services in Pagadian City headed by cognitive and behavioral therapy practitioner Moibe Olitres.
Other facilitators and lecturers included Imari Akir, Eden Pingkian, Darlene Daryl Nayo, and Pastor John Evangelista, Jr., Spiritual Life Coach of Victory Church.
Based on scientific studies, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a leading cause of morbidity in military personnel and an important impediment to operational readiness in military organizations.
To address this, the seminar-workshop dealt on the flourishing factors that contribute to a well-lived body, soul, and spirit.
According to Olitres, the lectures on the said seminar-workshop aspired on freeing Authentic Happiness and Spiritual Nourishment to every soldier away from home amid COVID time.
In his message, 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera expressed his gratitude to Moibe’s team for looking to the mental and spiritual well-being of military personnel.
“Heroes need heroes too. We always brag of being the toughest and bravest but deep down in our minds and hearts, sometimes, we are weak and fragile,” said Lt. Col. Herrera
“This day, we learned that it is okay not to be okay,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.