Empowering Minds, Building Resilience: A Seminar on Bullying Prevention and Mental Health Awareness in Alignment with the UN SDGs

In commemoration of Mental Health Awareness and Bullying Prevention Month, a transformative seminar titled “Empowerment Against Bullying: Building Resilience and Creating a Supportive Community” took place on October 23, 2023, at the University Auditorium. The event, organized by the Guidance and Testing Center, aimed not only to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of bullying but also to instill strategies for combating it while cultivating a culture of support and resilience within the educational community.

Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the seminar exemplified a commitment to several key goals, particularly Goal 3 (good health and well-being) and Goal 4 (quality education). By addressing the dynamics and impact of bullying on mental health and psychological well-being, the event contributed to the promotion of holistic well-being among students and educators.

Ms. Maria Angela L. Diopol, LPT, RPsy, Professor of DLSU-C, provided valuable insights into the various forms and impacts of bullying, emphasizing the emotional and psychological toll on victims. The seminar actively supported Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities) by promoting inclusivity and diversity within the university community, fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and valued.

Atty. Ruhjen S. Osmeña, Legal Officer of the Department of Education, highlighted the legal dimensions of addressing bullying incidents. This aspect of the seminar directly contributed to Goal 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions) by educating participants about existing laws and regulations related to bullying, reinforcing the importance of a secure and just environment for all students.

The comprehensive approach of the seminar resonated with attendees, who praised its emphasis on developing a supportive community. This aligns with Goal 16, as fostering a sense of community contributes to building peaceful and inclusive societies.

As participants left the event feeling empowered and motivated, the seminar’s call to action directly supports Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). Attendees were encouraged to implement their newfound knowledge and strategies within their respective roles, fostering collaboration and partnerships to create a safer and more inclusive learning environment.

In essence, the seminar not only addressed the immediate concerns of mental health and bullying prevention but also championed the broader global agenda encapsulated in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Through education, awareness, and collaboration, the university community took a significant step towards creating a more equitable, just, and inclusive world.