Tagbilaran City’s Kalinaw offers help to those distressed

Assistance from the City Government comes in various ways. Aside from the relief goods, free vitamins, food coupons, food packs, and cash assistance, help also comes in terms of mental and emotional support. KALINAW, the mental health awareness initiative led by the City
Government of Tagbilaran through the City Health Office and supported by the Department of Health, provides free online counseling sessions to those who are undergoing anxieties and mental health difficulties, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap stressed the importance of having an emotional support during these challenging times, “Looking after our mental health and emotional well-being is just as important as looking
after our physical health, particularly at this time when so much remains unknown and uncertain.  The mental wellness and emotional well-being of our constituents remain on top of our priorities. Kalinaw is prepared to provide that much-needed support”, Yap said. 

Kalinaw also has activities catered to provide meaningful recreation. You can readily access the google drive containing the materials at https//cut.ly/byCF5rs.  The City Government and the Kalinaw Mental Wellness Team are ready to guide the Tagbilaranons in this journey, hoping to rise from this ordeal as one stronger, better, and the braver Tagbilaran City. For assistance,
just schedule an appointment by messaging the official Facebook Page of Kalinaw. Clients need to include the date and time of their availability. Once an inquiry is made, a google form will be provided. Once you fill-out this form, a counselor will assess the nature of the concerns and determine the best method to help.  A notification message will be sent to the client once an appointment has been scheduled. A client will then be scheduled for an online session. Counselors are available for online counseling during Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 to 9 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 8 pm. The Kalinaw Mental Wellness Team works closely with other mental health advocacy groups in Bohol led by PagPaKaBuhi Center and Project Bohol: Mental Health Awareness.