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Public figures, organizations mourn the passing of mental health advocate Dr. Gia Grace Sison

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Many celebrities, politicians, and organizations have expressed their condolences and tributes to the late doctor and mental health advocate Gia Grace Sison.

Known for being a prominent advocate for mental health, Sison has touched the lives of many Filipinos through her efforts in the mental health scene as well as her support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Following her passing, several people have taken to social media to express their grief, leading to her becoming one of the trending topics on the platform.

Many public figures have thanked the late doctor’s efforts in spreading mental health awareness in the country.

“Your voice and dedication to mental health awareness, especially during the challenging times of quarantine, have left an indelible mark. Your legacy will continue to inspire and help many. Thank you for everything,” said Atty. Chel Diokno.

“She was one of our staunchest #MentalHealthAct & #SOGIEEqualityBill allies. She always made time for us, was always so warm, always so generous with her light. Maraming salamat, Doc Gia. You will be dearly missed,” said Senator Risa Hontiveros in a post which also included a selfie she took with Sison.

“This is so sad… Rest easy, Doc Gia. You will be remembered for many wonderful things,” said actress Maine Mendoza.

Several organizations also paid tribute to Sison’s work. MentalHealthPH, an organization that promotes mental health in the Philippines, has expressed its gratitude to Sison for her contributions to its cause.

“Doc @giasison was one of the first to join our #UsapTayo [on] April 10, 2017. She had a great influence when #MentalHealthPh’s #UsapTayo started. Thank you, Doc Gia,” the organization said in its post.

TAYO Awards, an award-giving body centered on the contributions of local youth organizations, has also recognized Sison’s service as one of its expert panelists.

“Paalam, at Maraming Salamat po sa pagsama sa aming misyon na ito. Rest in Power, Doc Gia,” it said.

Sison was the co-founder of #HealthXPh as well as the host of CNN Philippines’ G Talks and was one of the hosts of the Walwal Sesh Podcast. She passed away on March 21 at 53 years old.


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