It was March 2020. The Philippines government had just imposed a strict lockdown. Regina Rosero, a communications specialist for a non-government organisation, had been cooped up at home for 14 days when she found herself suffering from frequent panic attacks. “I felt incredibly sad and tired all the time,” said the 39-year-old. “It was so difficult to focus on work. Despair and helplessness marked my days.”
Overwhelmed by the news cycle, Rosero posted on social media how she felt. She immediately received support from friends and family. A friend, who also happened to be a psychologist, suggested she consider professional help.