Nagsalita ang baguhang singer na si Claudia Barretto, 20, tungkol sa kanyang karanasan tungkol sa mental health illness.
Napag-usapan ito nang mabanggit niya ang kanyang mental health campaign sa presscon ng Las Islas Music Festival nitong Oktubre 2, Miyerkules, sa Cornerstone Studio sa Mother Ignacia, Quezon City.
“It’s called Mind Games Claudia and people can follow me on social media,” paanyaya ni Claudia.
“Mind Games is a mental health awareness campaign. It’s online.
“It’s gonna be promoted through the use of art, specifically, music.
"So, we’ve been working on content that will bring together and marry the two, music and bringing awareness on mental health.”
Bakit mental health?
Paliwanag ni Claudia, “I’m just really passionate about mental health.
"I want to be a voice to the people who are going through their own personal mental battles.
“So, I just want to raise awareness on that so that I can reach out to these people.”
Na-exprience niya ang ganitong problema?
“I’ve had my own experiences. People will hear more about it when we release more content.First and foremost, I think, what’s really important is to build a community.
"When you are around people who support you and understand what you’re going through, it’s very helpful in managing whatever you’re going through.
“So that’s why I decided to put together a community, hopefully, of artists who share the same passion of raising awareness about mental health.”
Aware ang family niya about her mental health advocacy?
“Of course, they’re very involved. They’re very supportive.”
Hindi malinaw ang sagot ni Claudia nang tanungin kung ano ang naging karanasan nito sa mental health.
Sabi lang niya, “You know, everyone, mental health is a very personal experience.
"Everyone goes through it differently. It’s just a different experience for everyone.
"So, what I’m actually doing is... you know, much broader than just the disorder and the illnesses that come along with it.
“The mental health that I actually am launching reaches farther than that.
“We’re hoping to target not only people with mental illnesses, but even people who just want to be a part of it.
“We all want to be mentally well. We all want to achieve well-being in that area.
“So, it’s for everyone. It really is. It’s really about bringing together a community of artists, because I want to utilize the art in promoting the cause."
Sa sarili niyang karanasan, sabihin na nating nuong hindi siya okey, paano ito nilabanan ni Claudia?
“Well, personally, I think it’s important to really understand. Of course, support from your family.
"Like I said, it’s important to have a really strong support system and a community around that understands [and] wants you to get better and feel better.
“But more than that, I think, because it’s such a personal experience, I had to really manage it by seeking help and just being honest with myself about these experiences.”
Ayon pa kay Claudia, malaki daw bagay na nasa tabi lang niya, bagama't hiwalay na, ang kanyang parents na sina Dennis Padilla at Marjorie Barretto.
Aniya, “They just listen to me. They’re just there for me. But, more than anything, because I’m putting something like this...
"It’s only starting to be talked about here in the country, my family has been very supportive.
"And they’re willing to do what it takes, uhm, for the project."
Kumonsulta ba si Claudia sa isang espesyalista?
Tugon niya, “Yes, I think, if you are at that point in your life, you shouldn’t be ashamed of seeking help. It’s really, really important.”
Natigilan naman si Claudia nang matanong sa kalagayang emosyonal ng kanyang tita na si Claudine Barretto, kapatid ni Marjorie.
Ayon sa report, nabahala ang isang concerned friend ni Claudine sa paiba-ibang lebel ng emosyon ng aktres nang magkausap sila kamakailan.
May plano ba si Claudia kausapin o kumustahin ang kanyang Tita Claudine?
Tugon ni Claudia, “If she opens up, of course, but I don’t know about that, actually.
“Well, I don’t really know much about her condition. So I don’t really have a comment on that.”
Bilang singer, open si Claudia na makipag-collaborate sa iba’t ibang artists.
Pati ba kay Iñigo Pascual na minsan ding na-link sa kanyang kapatid na si Julia Barretto?
“If he wants to. Then, I’m open to that, of course.”
“Really,” medyo kinikilig na sagot ni Claudia.“
"He’s Iñigo. He should want to, if he wants to do it.”
Ano ang reaksiyon ni Julia sa chosen career ni Claudia?
Lahad ng newbie singer, “They are all just proud of me. They never actually heard me sing, not until I was about 15 years old because I was really shy.
“So, they’re just all really proud that I’m coming into my own and I’m becoming more confident, and I’m reaching for my dreams.”
Hindi ba’t may cameo role siya sa Thai film na Friend Zone?
Lahad ni Claudia, “I played myself, as a singer.
“It was really, really fun because I was able to meet the actors from there and I was able to see how it works in their business.
"It was really a good experience.”
Ano ang makakapag-convince sa kanya para pasukin na rin ang showbiz?
“We’ll see in the future na lang. It’s not really about convincing.
“It’s just about, like, going at my own pace and figuring it out as I go.”
Gusto ba niyang makasama sa proyekto si Julia sa pelikula at telebisyon?
“Really? Maybe in the soundtrack. No acting for me now. Not right now,” desididong sabi pa niya.
Ano ang support ng family niya sa kanyang singing career?
“Well, of course, first and foremost, they spread the news. They like to spread the news.
"But more than that, it’s really the advice.
“Because, you know, I’m not as well versed in the industry as they are. So, I just listen to their advice.”
Ano ang advice sa kanya, especially from her mom?
“To be confident. To be confident and to just, you know, pursue whatever that I dream of, which is music.”
Kabilang si Claudia sa mga artist na magpe-perform sa Las Islas Music Festival na magsisimula sa Bacolod Panaad Stadium on October 25, Iloilo Barotac Nuevo Plaza on October 26 at sa Aklan Sports Complex on October 27.
Ang Las Islas Music Festival ay nagnanais na dalhin ang maraming Filipino artists sa iba’t ibang lugar sa Pilipinas with the inclusion of foreign artists who share the same love for music and musical artistry.
Bukod kay Claudia, magpe-perfom din sa musicfest sina Daryl Ong, Bugoy Drillon Ken San Jose, Jade Riccio, at 1NEBAZE (Haidez, Sor, Joong and Baby G).