As the country celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) is reminding government agencies of the need to promote the mental health of the 1.9 million state workers nationwide.

According to CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles, agency heads and officials must recognize that the quality of public service delivered to stakeholders depends on government workers' physical and mental health.

"Championing dynamic and resilient government workers, which was the highlight of the month-long celebration of the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA), does not just entail changes in policies and processes. We must also recognize the varying capacities, capabilities, and unseen struggles that affect every civil servant’s well-being and productivity,” said Chairperson Nograles.

He noted that the CSC, as the central human resource (HR) agency of the Philippine government, is constantly striving to provide transformative HR and organizational development programs and policies to guide agencies in fostering a healthy workplace.

Under CSC Resolution No. 1901265 promulgated in October 2019, government agencies are directed to establish and implement a Mental Health Program (MHP) integrated into their respective HR development and management policies and programs to provide an inclusive, conducive, and supportive work environment for public officials and employees.

The MHP shall also address the stigma on mental health and provide appropriate psychosocial support and treatment for employees with mental health conditions, as mandated under Republic Act No. 11036 or the Mental Health Act of 2018.

Chairperson Nograles also urged agencies to further promote employees’ well-being by organizing team building activities, sports festivals, support groups, and even virtual events such as the recently concluded online Zumba and film showing held during the 123rd PCSA.

"Even though Mental Health Awareness Month is celebrated only every October, promoting mental health must be a year-round commitment. It is anchored in our mission to safeguard our employees' mental and physical well-being as they serve as the foundation of a resilient bureaucracy," said Chairperson Nograles.