Calls to mental health hotline have more than doubled

Part of the awareness drive is knowing where to get the appropriate intervention. Several hotlines offering mental health counseling are available to anyone who needs to talk things through. The Philippine Psychiatric Association likewise launched Mind Matters, which offers free consultations for frontliners weighing against the mental strain of COVID-19’s demands. 

By Patricia B. Mirasol

The National Center for Mental Health’s hotline has received an average of 876 calls per month between March to August this year, up from the pre-pandemic average of 350, said Dr. Rodney Boncajes, a psychiatrist at the said hospital, in a recent mental health forum organized by J&J Philippines, Inc. 

Individuals have been responding to coronavirus stress in different ways, including panic, anxiety, and distress. There has also been an increase in the number of web searches for depression while under quarantine. 

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