Actress and mental health advocate Isabelle Daza has launched on Instagram TV a series educating her followers about mental illnesses, anxiety, and depression.
The first of three parts is about the effects of social media on mental health. Isabelle discusses it with psychologist Richthofen De Jesus.
The two started how the world changed because of social media.
“And the problem there is that social media then presents a very destructive facade because the person is not really allowed to be himself or herself,” he explained. “It goes both ways. It becomes very good protection for those who are shy and not that outgoing, but it also becomes an avenue for pressure for those who are very much into it.”
Isabelle asked the psychologist about the pressure of social media on Filipinos, specifically the younger generation.
“Because, primarily, Filipinos are very sociable individuals. We don’t want to be left out. There’s always this thing among Filipinos that what is the ‘in’ thing, we want to jump on the bandwagon and be a member of that,” he related.
Richthofen reminds netizens that while social media can be an inspiration, it can be “very destructive.”
“It then becomes a battleground of who’s who when you go into social media,” he pointed out.
Isabelle admitted, she, herself, has been experiencing social media anxiety.
“And I’m battling it but I think now I’m in a better place, I feel a bit more safe,” she noted.
Recall that it was last year when the actress shared her story about mental illness through a talk.
Back then she declared how she wants to “remove the stigma that mental illness, anxiety, depression is something that we need to be ashamed about.”
“I want to be a voice of my generation and to be heard that this is an epidemic and more people are affected by mental illness and depression than cancer and heart diseases than you could ever imagine and yet, nobody really talks about it,” she added.
Isabelle reminded the attendees that social media is just a fraction of people’s reality and what they should do is connect with people personally.
“Validate them, say I hear you, I see you, I feel you and you’re not alone and it’s okay to not be okay sometimes but we’re gonna get through this,” she said.
The actress stressed “it’s okay not to be okay.”
In the end, Isabelle hopes people would remove the stigma that mental illness is something to be ashamed of “cause it’s not.”
“This is something that needs to be talked about and people need to be heard and maybe we can save a life.”