The Forbes 5-star integrated resort partners with PMHA for National Mental Health Week 2022
According to a research conducted by the Philippine WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health last 2020, of an estimated 450 million people suffering from mental and behavioral disorders, around 3.2 million were Filipinos.
Okada Manila, as the only Forbes 5-star integrated resort in the country and a mental health ally, recognizes that it has a significant role in this extremely important discourse. As a premier organization in the hospitality industry and as an international destination, Okada Manila understands and affirms mental health as a human right for every guest and employee from around the globe.
In support of this, Okada Manila partnered with the Philippine Mental Health Organization (PMHA) for Mental Health Week last October 10 to 14, 2022.
This year, PMHA’s campaign centers on #MentalHealthandWellBeing4All.
Activities for Mental Health Week
On October 10, 2022, Okada Manila participated in the “Light Up Blue for Mental Health” campaign, a night when different businesses and institutions illuminated their exteriors or interiors in a singular blue light. While Okada Manila’s iconic façade lit up in an electric shade of the color, so did the property’s Pearl Wing, quite literally shedding light on the subject and providing visibility for the campaign.
As the walls of Okada Manila demonstrated support, internal programs were simultaneously held for the resort’s myriad of employees. On October 12, the Destress and Express project was executed, wherein employees could freely enter their breakroom for access to art therapy and a refreshing cup of hot tea. A three-hour Mental Health Workshop was also held on October 14. The session was led by Your Millenial Psychologist Riyan Portuguez, RPm, RPsy, and focused on different ways to cope during feelings of anxiety or extreme stress.
The Future of Mental Health
As a premier destination and as a key player in the hospitality industry known for its unique blend of Japanese hospitality and Filipino warmth, Okada Manila understands that holistic wellness does not come in one form for everyone.
With this partnership with PMHA and in these small steps to increase visibility and awareness, Okada Manila hopes that eventually, the entirety of mental health illnesses can be destigmatized, that mental health be treated with the importance it is owed, and that everyone can get the help they need, no matter the form of their condition.
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