METRO MANILA, Philippines – Last June 9, 2022, Mindful Matters Philippines hosted its first annual members’ bonding event. The Zoom social was a half-day long team-building workshop filled with games, friendly competition and motivational talks.
Alexa Theodoropoulos, Mindful Matters PH founder and current Executive Director founded the organization during the pandemic because “There was a scarcity of mental health-focused conversations in both my community and the Philippines overall."
Mindful Matters PH (MMPH) is a youth-led organization aiming to spread awareness about mental and neurodiversity in the Philippines. Through various media platforms and events, MMPH seeks to make this education accessible to those of all ages, abilities, genders and neurotypes; that we may all gain understanding of their struggles and their suffering in silence. Since its inception, Mindful Matters PH has expanded to over 30 schools, both nationally in the Philippines and across the globe including International School Manila, British School Manila, De La Salle University and Assumption College. They have had over 100 members since starting, in addition to a following of nearly 2000 between platforms.
Last year, they launched a holiday fundraiser –the sale of the Mindful Matters Interactive Calendar where users apply emoji stickers on the calendar pages to reflect their daily moods as well as write in mental health goals alongside affirmations and other inspirational quotes. The project was entirely student-run from conceptualization to design and production. The fundraiser was a huge success as they sold out within a matter of days and had to produce a second run to accommodate demand. MMPH co-organized with Red Cross Youth and used the proceeds to promote mental health awareness and provide accessible gadgets to underprivileged communities. More recently, they began organizing the “Kindful Matters” project in which they invited guest speakers on mental health and created mental health educational resources.
Asked what Mindful Matters has in store for the future, Alexa Theodoropoulos explains, “Mindful Matters plans to continue and grow all of its projects. We have a podcast that we are hoping to start up soon, as well as an array of events and social-media oriented campaigns.”
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