The Office of Gender Concerns conducted an online video-conference through the platform Zoom, on April 16, 2020 at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, to open the discussion about mental health and gender during the Enhanced Community Quarantine amid COVID-19 pandemic.

The director of the Office of Gender Concerns, Asst. Professor Rameses De Jesus, presented a report on studies and statistics that illustrate the relationship between gender and mental health.

All employees who joined the Café Talk were also encouraged to share their insights and experiences that would move the discourse forward. The discussion included exchange about stereotypes and expectations of men and women that can affect their mental health, and how this information can be considered in developing methods to extend assistance. 

It was also addressed that men are less talked about in discussions of mental health, and a significantly smaller number of men than women are willing to ask for help when they are not feeling emotionally well.