An updated list of free mental health services LGUs and their residents can avail of to deal with the rising cases of anxiety and depression in the country.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people's mental health because of the countless adjustments to this "new normal." This adjustment meant the lack of physical contact with loved ones, work-from-home setups, and even temporary unemployment. According to a scientific brief released by the World Health Organization, the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide increased by 25% during the first year of the pandemic. LGUs are advised to take advantage of these free mental health services or their residents:
1. Philippine General Hospital
Services: Free Psychiatric Consultation and Counseling
Contact Number/s: (02) 554-8400 loc 2436 or 2440(02) 554-88470, (02) 526-0150, and (02) 554-8469
Address: Taft Avenue Ermita, Brgy. 670 Zone 72, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Book an appointment: https://pghopd.up.edu.ph/
2. National Center for Mental Health | NCMH Crisis Hotline
Services: 24/7 Free Basic Counseling, Psychological First Aid, at Suicide Prevention. Free Online Psychiatric Sessions, Free Psychosocial Support
Contact Number/s: (02) 79898727 or 09178998727
NCMH Hotline: 1553 Nationwide landline-toll free
Smart/SUN/TNT Subscribers: 0908-639-2672
Book an appointment:
3. Ateneo Bulatao Center for Psychological Services
Services: Free Brief Psychological Services, limited number of slots for registration provided every Thursday. The registration form opens at 10 am and automatically closes once all slots are taken.
Address: Rm 103A Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo De Manila University 1108 Quezon City, Philippines
4. UGAT SandaLine
Services: Free Psycho-emotional Support
Book an appointment: Open daily by 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, First come first serve.
5. Mental Health First Responder
Services: 24/7 Free emotional support/ peer support through video call.
Book an appointment: Contact them online