The passing of the Mental Health Law on June 21, 2018 underscores the importance of a reliable care system for Filipinos who are suffering from mental disorders. It also brings to light how prevalent the condition is, thus the clamor for the bill to be signed into law.

In a 2014 report, the World Health Organization approximates that there were about 2,558 cases of suicide in the Philippines in 2012 alone, which are being attributed to mental health problems. Furthermore, the youth constitutes a big chunk of these statistics.

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The challenge that surrounds mental health, besides that it is tricky to diagnose, is in articulating what it is and what it feels like to the people around you who aren't experiencing it. Often, it is ignorance that causes people to wrongfully label those with mental health conditions as "crazy."

Being unaware about the symptoms and effects of mental disorder could also put a strain on relationships, and this could be even more damaging for the sufferer. On the other hand, it is also baffling for the other person to know exactly what to say or do when faced with an episode of an anxiety attack. 

American actress Kelsey Darragh, who suffers from panic disorder, didn't want her condition to get in the way of her relationship with her boyfriend, so to help him deal with her in the thick of a panic attack, she listed down a few things that she suggests for him to do. Kelsey posted this on Twitter in May, and it has since gone viral:

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Kelsey's Twitter followers who also suffer from panic attacks were very thankful for her post, and some even began sharing their own coping mechanisms and practical tips that helped them deal with their anxiety. Here are some of them:

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This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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