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Akbayan Party lauded the passage of the historic Mental Health Act today, saying it "strengthens the people's right to health with a national mental health system in place."
"The passage of the Mental Health Act modernizes our country's health system. We say goodbye to taboo, superstition, and myths about mental health issues now that services are made accessible for all citizens," Akbayan spokesperson Gio Tingson said.
The principal authors of the measure is Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros and Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin.
"The Mental Health Act will save lives. It could reverse alarming trends of suicide for people living in the dark with their mental health problems. We're sending a message telling them that they are not helpless and alone," Tingson added.
"The passage of this important and long overdue measure is a collective effort and victory of advocates, health workers, and lawmakers. It's a testament that we can proactively strengthen our right to health when we come together in order to shape government policy on public health services."
"We should ensure the immediate implementation of the Act. No time should be wasted, especially in giving access to the poor and upgrading barangay health infrastructures for mental health services. Help is here," Tingson ended. ###