[TAGUIG CITY, 08 November 2023] – MDI Novare and MindNation have joined forces to empower their employees with essential mental health skills. The first-ever Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training session, conducted by MindNation experts, successfully concluded on November 8, 2023.

The alarming increase in the Philippines’ suicide rate, with a 57 percent rise in 2020 compared to the previous year according to the Philippine Statistics Authority, underscores the urgency of mental health education. Additionally, MindNation’s Pulse survey revealed that two out of every 25 employees are at risk of suicide, emphasizing the importance of mental health support in the workplace.

Arcelyn Madamba, Total Rewards and Employee Services Head at MDI Novare, expressed the company’s commitment, stating, “Our employees’ well-being is a top priority, and partnering with MindNation for MHFA Training is a significant step in this direction.”

Ivan Garong, HR Director for Talent Retention at MDI Novare, emphasized the impact of the MHFA Training, saying, “Investing in mental health support is not just a business decision; it’s a human imperative. Our partnership with MindNation is a testament to our commitment to creating a supportive and empathetic workplace.”

The three-day MHFA Training equips participants with the skills needed to assist colleagues in distress and crisis, covering essential topics:

  • Day 1: Mental Health First Aid Concepts And Principles
    Day 2: Mental Health First Aid In Motion
    Day 3 Booster Session: Suicide First Aid

The inaugural cohort of MHFA leaders, consisting of 11 participants for days 2 and 3, and a total of 62 employees for the virtual orientation on day 1, successfully completed the comprehensive three-day program on November 8, 2023. The sessions were skillfully guided by Ms. Eiza Fusingan-Lappay, Chief Well-being Officer, and Lead Psychologist of MindNation.

This collaboration between MDI Novare and MindNation is a clear testament to their shared commitment to employee well-being and the creation of a supportive workplace.

About MindNation
Established in 2019, MindNation is an innovative mental health and well-being organization that has grown globally as a trusted partner for organizations and communities alike. They provide mental healthcare support to help teams and individuals feel heard and perform to their fullest capacity, while their holistic and needs-based program is accessible anytime, anywhere with services. Learn more at https://mindnation.com/

About MDI Novare

Founded in 1988, MDI Novare is a pioneer and champion in the Philippine ICT market. Over the past three decades, MDI Novare has driven digital transformation through custom application development, infrastructure, data analytics, and IT security solutions that meet and exceed business demands. Today, MDI Novare continues its culture of innovation by being at the forefront of major technology trends such as APIs, cloud computing, big data, AI, and automation as we strive to create a positive impact for our people, our clients, our partners, and our communities.


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