SPMC-IPBM seeks ways to sustain maintenance

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Friday, January 31, 2014

THE Southern Philippine Medical Center's Institute of Psychology and Behavioral Medicine (SPMC-IPBM) is considering anew ways to sustain the maintenance of the facility pending availability of funds for the construction of a two-storey facility to replace the burned structure.

IPBM director Dr. Laureen Sa Conanan, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said the institute planned to redecorate the murals outside the hospital this March, in line with their program on stress management.

She added that murals depicting mental health awareness with the "12 S" will be covered.


Conanan said the "12 S are -- smile; speak to me; spirituality; simplify your life; sleep; scheduling; stress debriefing; sports; sounds (to hear, sing and dance); service to the people; sleep or siesta; sensation and relaxation; and soul meditation.

"Aside from the maintenance of the institute, those portraits will also remind us to take a break and have some rest especially if we're worn-out. This is actually good not only physically but also in mental health.

It's normal to be stressed in life pero paano ba natin maiiwasan ito?" Conanan said.

Conanan said the institute is now coordinating with an artist guild that would gather artist students from different schools that will do the repaint of the murals. The wall will provide presentable and very instructive cover amid the hustle and bustle outside the institution, she added.

The SPMC-IPBM, otherwise known as Davao Mental Hospital was established in 1917 as a Davao Public Hospital, it served as a hospital for Japanese military during the World War II and the United States Army during the liberation.

The hospital transferred to its present site in 1966 and since then it has served as the psychiatric facility in Mindanao. The SPMC-IPBM was one of the very few existing American-era public buildings in Davao.

SPMC director Dr. Leopoldo Vega earlier said the SPMC is trying to preserve the historic pillar of the IPBM hospital after the psychiatric facility has been burned down last May 22, 2013 that displaced about 197 patients temporarily at the multi-purpose hall. The patients have already returned at the IPBM now.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 31, 2014.

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