Gapay lauds AFP Mental Health Team

AFP Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay joins the AFP Health Service Command (AFPHSC) during its Mental Health Training of Trainers at the V. Luna Medical Center. (Photo by TSg Randulf Obinque PAF/PAOAFP)

PASIG CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) today lauded the AFP Health Service Command (AFPHSC) for the successful conduct of the AFP Mental Health Training of Trainers on Thursday, January 21 at the V. Luna Medical Center.

“The efforts of the AFPHSC Mental Health Team are manifestations of solidarity with those who are facing an invisible adversary that has long been misunderstood, and that has brought suffering not just to the men and women in the service, but also to their loved ones,” General Gilbert Gapay said.

Military and Civilian Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Chaplains, Psychiatric Nurses, Social Workers, and AFP Allied Health Workers completed the nine-day program. It was facilitated by the AFPHSC headed by Colonel Edgar Cardinoza. A total of 28 participants from the Command and Major Services underwent seminar-workshops on Stress Debriefing, Trauma Counselling and Psychological First Aid.

The training is part of the AFP Mental Health Program which is an organized and integrated approach towards the establishment of mental crisis prevention and intervention strategies. This aims to conserve and safeguard the fighting strength of the military personnel and the organization as a whole.

“Hopefully, the pool of multi-disciplinary members in the form of our current AFP Mental Health Team will help us achieve and implement a holistic approach in attending to the mental health needs, issues, and concerns not only of our military troops and civilian resource, but also of their families,” said the AFP Chief of Staff.

General Gapay also expressed his support to the mental health teams acknowledging how difficult their job is in the holistic approach to attend to the mental health needs, issues, and concerns of all military personnel.

“I and my staff believe, and will definitely continue the same advocacy as I have right now. Our competencies are not limited to what we have only learned in the past, our ability to reach down to the smallest unit of our organization to promote mental health will undoubtedly make a difference,” he said. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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