Where to find mental health support online during the pandemic
With monthslong of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, multiple organizations reach out to help individuals who need support in terms of mental health.
According to a research done by the Social Development Research Center (SDRC) of De La Salle University (DLSU), safety of family members is the leading cause of anxiety among individuals during the ECQ.
As there are ways to take care of one’s mental health, there are also counseling groups that are open, free, and equipped to listen during the crisis:
DLSU-D Student Wellness Center
From Mondays to Fridays; 8 AM to 5 PM. Lasallians can connect with the University’s guidance counselors from each department where they offer help through online communication.
The De La Salle University Dasmariñas Center for Applied Psychology
It is open for the community, not only for Lasallian students. They offer assistance to those who are affected by the pandemic.
Telepsychology for Lasallian community
The University also gives free support for frontliners, those who are infected by the virus, and also the Lasallian community. They give psychoeducational materials, webinar sessions, and online counseling.
Department of Health Central Luzon Center for Health Development
They have established 24-hour hotlines for citizens to call during the pandemic. They also have a Facebook page where you can schedule online counseling.
Globe: 09265189290 or 09560197965
National Center for Mental Health Crisis Hotline (NCMH-USAP)
Launched by the Department of Health (DOH), reaching out to those who are suffering from mental health crises which are included in the Implementing Rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11036 under the Mental Health Act. The hotline can be accessed 24/7.
Philippine Mental Health Association Online Support
They are a non-government organization that aims to help and connect with people using Facebook during the crisis. They can be contacted through social media for now and working their way to expand their services.
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