Let’s normalize crying in this pandemic, thank you very much

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Sometimes, laughter isn’t the best medicine

Growing up, I had this misguided belief that crying = being a p*syy. I never really understood where it came from (it certainly wasn’t due to my awesome parents), but I had this knee-jerk notion that men should be ‘strong’ and rigid, while other ‘weak’ emotions are reserved for women.

Of course, fast forward decades later, through numerous disappointments and heartbreaks, I would find out that this wasn’t true. Crying transcends genders and is actually therapeutic AF, providing a release for all of our pent up frustrations. And tbh, it takes actual balls to be real with how you feel.

With the mental toll that 2020’s letdowns have given us so far, encouraging people to just let their tears flow might just be the solution that society needs.

This World Mental Health Day, Doc Gia and Filipino comedians come together to say that, sometimes, laughter isn’t the best medicine. Crying is. If you have questions or concerns about mental health, visit www.itsokaytocry.ph#ItsOkayToCryGIGIL x Arcade Film Factory x Comedy Manila

Posted by Dr. Gia Sison on Saturday, October 10, 2020

Such is the idea behind the recent campaign from our fave mental health advocate, Dr. Gia Sison. Called ‘It’s Okay To Cry’, the advocacy aims to normalize people ’embracing their struggles’ as the first move towards better mental health.

The initiative, launched on World Mental Health Day, tapped comedians such as Pepe Herrera, Macoy Dubs, Kim Molina, Albert Nicolas, and more to drive home the idea that sometimes, laughter is not the best medicine.

‘In a world that instructs us not to be ourselves, it’s time to be true to our feelings. To acknowledge what we feel is to take the first step towards healing’, reads the campaign website.

The site includes a directory of institutions that offer free online psychological services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The list is provided by the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP).

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Macoy Dubs – It’s Okay To Cry

Doc Gia also held a half-stand-up comedy routine, half educational livestream with Ramon Bautista, Victor Anastacio, and James Caraan last October 10 on her FB page.

Aside from discussing the campaign, the stream also offered some wellness tips for coping, such as limiting the use of social media, creating self-care routines, and being more kind to ourselves.

Overall, Doc Gia said it best during the reveal: ‘Crying has always been a sign of weakness and failure. But for us, for this campaign, we believe that crying is a sign of strength’.

Stand Up For Mental Health

Join Doc Gia and Filipino comedians like Ramon Bautista as we all Stand Up for Mental Health! Tune in for discussions on mental health and special stand up comedy performances by Victor Anastacio, James Canaan, and more.

Posted by Dr. Gia Sison on Saturday, October 10, 2020