Mental health takes center stage at ‘MAD Talks Padayon’

In its continuing mission to bring the Filipino youth together through volunteerism, as well as spread the gospel of servant leadership and the culture of bayanihan amid challenges, nonprofit organization I am M.A.D. (Making A Difference) is reviving its Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awards-recognized MAD Talks event.

Dubbed as “MAD Talks presents: Sa Ngayon, Padayon. (Kwentuhan. Kantahan. Kabayanihan.)” and created in collaboration with digital creator and witty shirts brand Linya-Linya, this gathering on volunteerism happening on 22 October at the RCBC Plaza, Makati will highlight the spirit of resilience and positivity that comes from purpose.

‘Padayon’ is a term used in several Visayan languages — Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Waray, and more — which means to move on, carry on, or move forward. Regardless of how challenging the situation is, there will always be a reason to bounce back, move forward, keep going, and continue helping and making a difference.

Taking the center stage at ‘MAD Talks Padayon’ event is mental health, just in time for the celebration of the World Mental Health Month in October. With the pandemic having a considerable impact on people’s mental health, I am M.A.D. hopes to raise awareness on this prevailing issue, especially among the Filipino youth and young adults.

It will also open a discussion on the positive impact of volunteerism on mental health, especially how it can bring meaning and purpose to one’s life while improving self-esteem and well-being.

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