DOH Launches Mental Health Hotline Number
Mental Health Assistance in the Philippines
Teaming up together with the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation (NGF), DOH (Department of Health) launched the HOPELINE Project, a 24/7 phone-based assistance hotline to any person struggling with depression.
This HOPELINE Project is part of the health department’s effort to “bridge gap in the mental health services nationwide.”
In accordance with the leadership of the new Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, DOH is very positive that they can completely implement HOPELINE nationwide.
“Finally, there’s a hotline for us to call when we are having psychological and emotional issues, The families and friends of people suffering from depression are equally important, and they need to know and understand the illness to enable them to respond and provide constructive support to their love ones during the difficult times” Ubial said in a press release.
The responders for the hotline were properly trained by psychiatrists and psychologists. These qualified professionals had been tested regarding their mental and emotional capacity. DOH also tapped the assistance from numerous local government hospitals and private hospitals where patients can be referred to if the caller needs to be hospitalized.
Trained Responders of the Project HOPELINE will look at the problem of the person calling the hotline and refer to a healthcare facility and specialists, if required.
National Helpline ~
Mental Health Hotline Numbers can be called at :
(02) 804-HOPE (804-467 and 0917-558-444673.
For Globe and TM subscribers, you can call their toll-free number at 2919.