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Maybe My Mental Illness is Forever

By default, I used to believe mental illness could be cured. Just as I, whenever someone was sick, always thought that there exists a cure out there for that illness. But maybe my mental illness is forever. Maybe I will…

On Bulimia

By Kristine Reynaldo   What I remember most from the day I turned 21 is a toilet bowl. Matte pink porcelain, pretty and pristine, just scrubbed. Hunched over it, I gazed at the silhouette my head made against the fluorescent,…

On Climbing Out of Poverty and Dealing with Career Rejection

I usually write posts for Growing Up MNL from a position of wisdom and experience, which has caused a little bit of a crisis on my end. Since February, I’ve been nursing a kind of writer’s block rooted in self-doubt…

Resolutions? 6 Things I Changed That Actually Made a Difference

I don’t know if it was just me but 2017 dealt a lot of hard lessons. Looking back, what changed my life for the better weren’t the resolutions I made but the lessons I learned well. Here are the big…

7 Habits for Good Mental Health

Just as eating well and exercising is good advice for anyone, positive habits should be formed by all towards a healthier, happier mind. We’ve been told all our lives to take care of our bodies; I hope we make it…

Why I’m glad I went to therapy: Mental health care in the Philippines

Hello, fellow human! Below I’ll be sharing some thoughts on my mental health and the care I’ve received in the Philippines. Over the past few years, I would say that information and discussion on mental health in the PH (at…

PHL Mental Health Care Directory

If you want to seek help, #MentalHealthPH did an excellent job at compiling a list of mental health facilities, clinics, and hospitals HERE. They also have other resources that may be helpful to you. They continue to crowdsource information so please do…