by Silakbo PH

Silakbo PH’s first official issue is about coping. Coping refers to how we adjust to stressful or difficult situations while still maintaining our well-being. This is simple enough to understand. What’s tricky—especially for those who struggle with their mental health—is how to actually do it. This is always the trouble, isn’t it? When you find yourself in a situation that cannot change itself to adapt to your needs, what do you do? In the following pages are pieces that tackle the idea of coping, of living despite. Far from self-righteous sermons or self-help listicles to becoming the best you that you can be, what you’ll find here are stories about self-harm, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation. You’ll meet someone in desperate need of a friend, a dying dog, a creative that can’t keep up. You’ll find art about confinement and despair. You’ll see the ugly ways we hurt ourselves and others in a misguided attempt to cope. But you’ll also read about finally getting it right. You’ll discover two people who have allowed themselves to love in spite of their respective conditions, a girl who finally accepts her illness, and someone who finds meaning in the endless and mundane task of being alive.

Year: 2018
Genre: Anthology
Subcategories: Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Illustration, Photography, Song
Language(s): English, Filipino