Even before the crisis, many of us have already been fighting an invisible enemy. These days, with all the anxiety and stress caused by everything that has been happening all over the world, it is crucial to have a good and unashamed discussion about mental health.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) reported a significant increase in monthly hotline calls regarding depression, with numbers rising from 80 calls pre-lockdown to nearly 400.
Truly, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected people’s mental well-being. And now more than ever, it’s necessary to have a conversation about it, no matter what medium.
In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival (QEFF) for Health partner to bring mental health and other health-related issues in the spotlight through “Balik Tanaw,” a free film online screening.
From Oct. 23 to 30, films that tackle autism spectrum disorder, depression, and dementia will be screened on the CCP’s Vimeo channel for free. The featured films such as Oh, Aking Katoto by Kelvin Aguilar, Rekuwerdo by Kristoffer Brugada, and Wish by Sheen Irerick Seekts hope to spark dialogues on mental health topics.
There will also be a live talkback and Q&A session with the film directors, to be moderated by actress Meryll Soriano, on Oct. 30. Catch it on the CCP Media Arts and CCP Facebook pages.
The CCP also collaborates with the Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity and the DOH to organize the fourth Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health, a nationwide film competition that focuses on Filipino people and their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic, including the stories of those living with mental health issues.
The fourth installment of QEFF is now accepting film proposals and submissions. They are accepting films that were completed before Oct. 1.
Deadline for submissions is on Dec. 19. Click here For complete mechanics and full details.