CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–In celebration of Women’s Month, the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CDOC-CSWD) underscored the importance of emotional well-being among women of Northern Mindanao in the midst of the global health crisis.
According to CDOC-CSWD Psychosocial Division Head Jaymee Leonen, locally done research in the psychological effects of the pandemic have found that women are more prone to developing psychiatric issues to the point of needing clinical interventions, especially for young women who are single and childless.
“As women, I think there are biological and sociological factors that contribute to us having higher risk in developing psychological symptoms in this pandemic, especially because as a woman, we are very ‘other’ oriented,” Leonen said during Talakayan sa PIA.
In rejoinder, she cited the importance of having a strong support system as a key in keeping emotionally and psychologically healthy, attributing it as the number one protective factor for people from mental disorder and recovery from any disorder, even physical health.
“Elaborating on the importance of a support system, she says that regardless of gender, it is inherently important for any person to have people they can rely on and emotionally share experiences with. The cliché that no man is an island is definitely true,” Leonen said.
With the amount of resiliency women have shown in the past few months, she also reiterated the importance of empowering girls and women in a modern society by cultivating a culture of equality especially in times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think the important thing to also remember is to believe in your power as a woman, regardless of the sector where you belong to, you should also believe yourself to be empowered before you can actually actualize that power,” she said. (VPSB/PIA10)