Mental Health Program now part of ‘OK sa DepEd’

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Department of Education (DepEd) has now included the School Mental Health Program in its annual Oplan Kalusugan (OK) One Health Week activity.

“This is in line with Republic Act 11036 otherwise known as Mental Health Act which provides duties and responsibilities for DepEd in regulating a comprehensive school mental health policy,” Regional Education Support Services Division Chief Sammy Sampang said.

Under the law, DepEd will include integration of mental health age-appropriate content into its curriculum at all educational levels, both in public and private institutions.

Also, development of guidelines and standards on age-appropriate and evidence-based mental-health programs; pursuit of strategies that promote the realization of mental health and well-being in educational institutions; and the assurance that mental health promotions in public and private educational institutions shall be adequately complemented with qualified mental-health professionals.

“We will do trainings on mental health and psychosocial support, and the issuance of policies as complex child protection and addressing bullying; even freeing children of assignments on weekends,” he added. 

OK sa DepEd advocates on good health that highlights the School-Based Feeding Program; National Drug Education Program; Adolescent Reproductive Health Education; Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools Program; and medical, nursing, and dental services.