After revealing that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and clinical depression two years ago, Gab Valenciano has been a staunch advocate for mental health awareness after going through his own struggles with the disease and battling suicidal thoughts throughout the years. Last September 29, the 33-year-old performer shared his latest project with Mind You mental health systems along with fellow mental health advocate Liza Soberano.
In his latest post, Gab shared how inspirational it was for him working with Liza for the first time. He wrote, “We shot something truly special yesterday for @mindyoumhs and I can’t wait to share it with you all in a few months. As a fellow mental health advocate, it warms my heart to see genuine people such as Hope (Liza’s real name) use her platform to help raise awareness, to help forge dreams and acknowledge that mental health is as real as the air we breathe.
“What blew me away even more is the amount of humility she showed me and the entire crew, and the conversation after where she shared her hopes, dreams and aspirations. What an inspiring day, indeed.”
As a longtime friend of Liza’s boyfriend Enrique Gil, Gab also shared how happy he was for the couple known in showbiz as “Lizquen.” He added, “It was a privilege to finally get to know you, as I have known Quen for over a decade now as well, and it makes me happy to see that both your hearts are in the right place. Looking forward to building together. May God bless you both, immensely.
“More and more are speaking up which means more and more lives potentially saved. On to the next!! ”
To mark Suicide Prevention Month last September, Gab shared a lengthy post showing appreciation for the people who have provided him with unconditional love and support throughout his battle with being bipolar and depression.
He wrote, “With every hospitalization, every realization, every lesson learned, every misstep and every big and small battle won, I am living the life I need to be living right now and I am exactly where I need be," he said. "I am far from perfect and I have a very long way to go, but I am excited to strive, to aspire and to reach for as many stars as I can. I am excited to see where this insane adventure of a life takes me and in turn, help others achieve wonders, dream wildly and live a purpose-driven life."
* If you or a loved one is in need of help, the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) has trained respondents to properly deal with those in need. Contact the hotline at 0917-899-USAP (8727) / 0917-989-8727. You can also contact Hopeline Philippines at (02) 804-HOPE (4673), 0917 558 HOPE (4673), 2919 (Toll free for Globe, TM)