Dr. Glenford R. Refre (left), Pulmonary Specialist, shares practical tips and approaches in preventing COVID-19 in the workplace and Dr. Ramona S. Magayanes (right), a Psychiatrist, emphasizes the difference of mental health and mental illness, among others.

BANGA, Aklan – Fifty-two ATI Region 6 Staff takes part on the two-day training entitled: “Embracing the New Normal: Mental Health Awareness and Coping and Managing Stress in the Workplace” on September 2-3, 2020 at ATI Training Hall, ASU Compound, Banga, Aklan.

The first part of the activity focused on awareness on mental health, identifying mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, and coping and managing stress in the workplace. Dr. Ramona S. Magayanes, a Psychiatrist served as the resource person. She emphasized the difference of mental health and mental illness, the dimensions of well-being, and the techniques for stress management. She also performed a perceived stress scale for the participants to determine their stress levels during the month of August.

On the other hand, Dr. Glenford R. Refre, Pulmonary Specialist, shared practical tips and approaches in preventing COVID-19 in the workplace.He further underscored some safety measures that can be applied as the participants go on with daily routines in leaving their homes for work, while they are at their workplace, and going home after work. Ultimately, he pointed out some steps to reduce workers’ risk of exposure to COVID-19.

The participants received immune booster vitamins and self-protection kits. This training is designed to enhance the knowledge of the staff on mental health. Further, it will improve their coping mechanisms and management of stress in the office and personal life under the new normal and provide insights on the importance of current practices and government orders relative to the prevention and control of the spread of the virus.