Mental health service provider is taking a break from duties to recover, recalibrate

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A nonprofit that provides mental health services announced to the public that its staff will be taking a break to recalibrate to better serve Filipinos.

the Philippine Mental Health Association, Inc. (PMHA) said Tuesday that it will temporarily suspend its Mental health and remote psychosocial support (RMHPSS) starting today to relax and take a mental break yourself.

“As much as we would like to help you immediately, we regret to inform you that a number of our volunteers have become infected with COVID-19, while our other helpers had to take a much-needed psychological break,” said a Facebook post.

The organization added that Filipinos can contact the 24/7 crisis hotline provided by the National Center for Mental Health when they needed psychological support. Their hotlines are as follows:

  • 1553
  • 0966 351 4518
  • 0908 639 2672

“Please wait for announcements as to when we will reopen our RMHPSS,” the organization continued.

The PMHA is one of the organizations providing free psychological support to Filipinos in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

People can access his psychological and psychosocial support remotely using the numbers on Viber:

  • 0995 093 2679
  • 0918 402 9832

Earlier this year, a Catholic official said mental health needs to be part of the overall COVID-19 response, as constraints and restrictions during the pandemic will make you feel isolated.

“Mental health problems and issues would be another pandemic if we didn’t work together to help our brothers and sisters,” said Camillian Father Dan Cancino, Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Commission on the Bishops’ Health, said last February.

Bernard Argamosa, Program director for the National Mental Health Center, said that since last year, more Filipinos have been calling their hotlines about anxiety and depression caused by the pandemic.

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