The stigma against mental health here in the Philippines is, unfortunately, one that discourages people from seeking help or opening up. Some people may feel there is no one they can trust to confide in. Others may be too nervous to try professional help. But there are actually so many different options that can cater to what you think you need or are comfortable with trying.
We’ve compiled a list of mental health resources, from support groups to online counseling, which you can access:
- Natasha Goulbourn Foundation (NGF) – (02) 804-HOPE (4673), 0917 558 HOPE (4673) or 2919 (toll-free for GLOBE and TM subscribers)
- Manila Lifeline Centre (MLC) – (02) 8969191 or 0917 854 9191.
- In Touch Community Services Crisis Lines – For relationship problems, addiction, abuse, other emotional problems. +632 893 7603, 0917 8001123, 0922 8938944. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Living Free Foundation – For addiction, individual and marital counseling. 0917 322 7087. Email at email@example.com.
- Dial-a-Friend – (02) 5251743 or (02) 5251881.
Mental Health Groups
- Youth for Mental Health – A group of student organizations and youth advocates that work to elevate the Filipino youth’s consciousness on mental health and end the stigma on mental illness.
- SOS Philippines – A mental Health resource page with updates on the mental health law, local MH events, helpful articles, low-cost services, and other MH resources.
- Van Gogh is Bipolar – A Quezon City-based café and mood-healing sanctuary that gives free counseling and therapy sessions. It is also an avenue for mental health advocates to share their art and passions.
- Juan for Mental Health – An organization that provides seminars, workshops, and training on mental health.
- Light Your Way – A virtual comprehensive MH portal that serves as help desk, safe/creative space, & media/resource center for the MH community
Support Groups/Peer-to-Peer Online Groups
These support groups are made up of people living in the Philippines and living with different mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more. They are there for you to talk with and give advice when possible but are not online 24/7 and should not be considered an emergency crisis team. These groups do not serve as a replacement for professional treatment.
- Anxiety and Depression Support Group
- Mental Health Support Group by Kylie Verzosa
- Depression and Anxiety Care Group Philippines
- Psychoeduc8 Philippines
- Schizophrenia and Bipolar Philippines
Share your own recommendations or resources with us in the comments!
Special thanks to Iya Calub of UP PUGAD Sayk and Beatrice Lee of Youth for Mental Health Coalition for contributing to this list.