OSDS Student Welfare Programs
'Byaheng Blended ni Zia'
The project aims to set a template of action for setting up learning hubs off campus whenever calamities seriously affect students who are now studying in a blended learning mode. The Office of Student Development Services (OSDS), formerly the Office of Student Financial Assistance, administers the project, in partnership with the UP Padayon Public Service Office (PPSO), the UP System Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, the concerned units of UP constituent universities, and owners of the chosen sites.
College-based MH Training Program, Peer Support Training Program, Student-led Advocacy Program
Initiatives to strengthen its mental health support system for students began to take root last year and have since been under the umbrella program called Sandigan, Sandalan: Training and Advocacy Programs for Mental Health. Sandigan and sandalan are Filipino words that refer to something that or someone who can be leaned on, relied upon, or can provide support and relief.
Sandigan, Sandalan has four components: the Directory of Mental Health Service Providers, including referral systems for focal persons and faculty members; the Training on Mental Health Promotion in the Teaching-Learning Environment; the Training Program for Peer Mental Health Advocates; and, the Student Mental Health Advocacy Program.
“Our approach to providing support is based on the positive view that mental health is not just the absence of mental illness, but an integral part of a person’s overall well-being,” revealed Dr. Richard Philip Gonzalo, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Office of Student Financial Assistance Director.
The University is hopeful that these mental health support programs will be sustained towards a thriving post-pandemic UP life.
Sandigan, Sandalan strengthens mental health support for students
UP advocates Mental Health Promotion in the Teaching and Learning Environment
Sandigan, Sandalan training and advocacy program for mental health to be held in June
The Chosen Projects: UP Student Mental Health Advocacy Projects organized by Student Organizations
The series was also produced in celebration of the Deaf Awareness Week, which is held annually every November 10-16, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 829 issued on November 8, 1991.