Mental health for PhilRice workers advocated
A senior research associate based in a top university called for the promotion of mental health in the workplace, especially for the working women and rice workers.
In her talk at Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Creselda O. Doble of Ateneo de Manila University emphasized that the women are prone to mental health illness owing to their multitasking roles at home and the office.
“Before going to work, mothers usually prepare their children to school, cook for the household members, or instruct the household help on the matters to be done for the day. While at the office, working mothers also regularly check on what’s happening in the house,” Doble said.
Doble said that the country’s culture, which emphasizes “resilience and humor” amidst challenges, makes it difficult to talk about mental illness.
To foster good mental health, Doble recommended that PhilRice officials should ensure a well conceptualized performance management strategy and create a “positive team culture.”
She also added that mental health problems can be helped through support group, talking therapies, and medications.