Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista called on the public to prioritize mental health at the November 20 online Global Town Hall, where she proudly represented the Philippines.
The Pinay artist—who is the sole Filipina speaker in the said virtual international conference attended by a global audience from more than 65 countries—discussed her passion for her personal advocacy by sharing her own experience to raise awareness and help end the stigma related to mental health.
She was joined by some of the great minds across the world such as Indonesian President Joko Widodo, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports Syed Saddiq, Indonesian-German actress Cinta Laura Kiehl, and more.
"In a way, I feel like every time a Filipino goes somewhere I'm very proud," said Heart, who is also dubbed as the Queen of Creative Collaborations. "I'm also very proud I was given a platform to talk about the things I'm passionate about. It inspires me to do more.”
"Never in my wildest dreams did I think that someone would contact me to talk about what I'm really passionate about. It gives more meaning to what I do," she added.
The actress and fashion icon then emphasized the importance of normalizing conversations about mental health.
"It's something not a lot of people talk about openly," Heart pronounced. "It's not as normalized as it should be.
"This is a personal topic for me," she then bravely confessed. "I, myself, for what I've been doing for 24 years — all the pressure of show business, trying to be beautiful, trying not to be scandalous, and all of that — that does something to you subconsciously, in a way damages your soul."
It could be recalled that during her previous interviews, Heart admitted that she was diagnosed with the rare condition called the Burning Tongue Syndrome because of her extreme anxiety.
The 35-year-old multi-hyphenate celebrity then pointed out that everyone should prioritize their own mental wellbeing.
"You know in your heart you care," she said. "You know in your heart that when given a chance, you'll give back to your country. But at the end of the day, you also have to take care of yourself and your mental health. Because how will you function when you're not feeling right about yourself?
"Don’t pressure yourself because people are pressuring you," the actress continued. "Do it on your own time, your own pace, and that’s what is important because if you take care of yourself, you'll be able to take care of more people."
The Global Town Hall 2020, which focused on the topic “Rebuilding From The COVID-19 World,” was initiated by the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI). Its aim was to bring messages of hope to different parts of the world.
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