Mental Health is a problem rarely discussed in the Philippines. There is still a pervasive fear of speaking up and being judged, and it doesn’t help that there are limited resources for mental health counseling. According to the World Health Organization, 800,000 people commit suicide each year making it one of the leading causes of death in the world.
In the past couple of years, the number of mental health facilities are slowly growing which means that people have more access to them. Here are some hotlines and facilities you can contact regarding different mental health illnesses:
Crisis Hotlines in the Philippines
National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) Crisis Hotlines
Crisis Line by In Touch
Tawag Paglaum-Centro Bisaya
Manila Lifeline Centre (MLC)
700 Club Asia
Prayer and counseling services
Philippine Mental Health Association, Inc.
Recovery Hub Philippines
Cebu-based chat counseling platform
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Contact Numbers
Roads and Bridges to Recovery – Pasig City
Department of Health – Treatment and Rehabilitation Center – Cagayan de Oro City
House Of Hope, Inc.
Domestic and Sexual Abuse Hotlines
Department of Social Welfare and Development The Social Protection Bureau
Bathaluman Crisis Center Foundation, Inc. (BCCF)
Landline: (63) 82 8221 5691
Development of People’s Foundation (DPF)
Landline: (63)82 8227 7714
Women Crisis Center (WCC)
Landline: (02) 8926 7744
Lihok Pilipina Foundation
Landline: (63) 32 8254 8092
If you are feeling signs of these mental illnesses don’t be afraid to contact these numbers. Always remember that you are not alone and that seeking help doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means that your willing to face what you’re feeling.