Jesuits provide mental health aid to Marawi troops

(UCAN) Psychologists and counselors at a Jesuit-run university have tended scores of wounded soldiers and displaced residents in the conflict-torn southern Philippine city of Marawi.

The Center of Psychological Extension Research Services from Ateneo de Davao University was also training local volunteers in psychosocial work, said its director, Doctor Rhodora Gail T. Ilagan.

The team has worked with more than 300 soldiers recuperating after being wounded in the conflict.

Early intervention could help ease combat stress reactions, like dissociative and posttraumatic stress disorder or depression, Ilagan told

“We can disclose more fully what’s inside of us. It feels lighter. The support has been overwhelming,” said First Lieutenant Allan Wadsilang, commander of the 6th Scout Ranger company, whose troops were among those helped by the Ateneo experts.

Displaced residents also have a big need for psychosocial help, Ilagan said. [More]