Mental health has been regarded as a taboo subject. These days when it has become prevalent among the millennials, it’s high time we overcome the stigma of mental illness and it should be treated accordingly.
According to program director of The One Algon Place Foundation Cel Gonzales, “Mas laganap siya ngayon, mas marami siya ngayon,”
What adds up to the problem is the shortage of trained specialists. With only about 700 licensed mental health workers, it creates a crisis as the ratio of specialists to individuals becomes 2:100,000.
“Sa kabuuan kulang,” Gonzales adds. “Hindi kakayain kaya importante na magkaroon ng programa hanggang sa level ng komunidad para sa mental health issues.”
Besides the inaccessibility and scarcity of these psychiatric services, they are also expensive. Thus, people who can’t afford these rates are unable to seek medical care and leave their conditions untreated.
As per the World Health Organization, only 3% of total government spending worldwide is dedicated for mental health.
There are, however, several communities that offer free consultations and services to people who may need them.
Check out this list of clinics that provide free psychiatric consultations with their contact numbers and addresses:
UST Graduate School Psychotrauma Clinic
Address: Room 104, Ground Floor, Thomas Aquinas Research Complex, UST, España Blvd., Sampaloc, Manila
Contact: (02) 406-1611 loc 4012
Email address: email@example.com
Clinic Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except during holidays, school breaks, class suspensions)
Offers: Free psychological services (e.g., assessment and evaluation, counseling, and individual and group psychotherapy)
Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Department
Address: Taft Avenue, Ermita, Bgy 670, Zone 72, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Department: PGH Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Department, 2F Ward 7
Contact: (02) 554-8400 loc. 2436 or 2440, (02) 554-8847, (02) 526-0150, and (02) 554-8469
Consulting hours: 24 hours
Offers: Free psychiatric consultation
*Note: The wait list is long so please be patient
Ateneo Center for Family Ministries Foundation (CEFAM)
Address: ADMU Campus, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
Department: Spiritual Pastoral Center
Contact: (02) 426-4289 up to 92
Offers: Free consultation, family and individual counseling via a psycho-spiritual approach
*Note: Donation basis, no set fees charged
Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center
Address: Sumulong Highway, Sto Niño, Marikina City
Contact: (02) 941-6289
Clinic Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Monday to Friday, except non-working holidays and work cancellations).
Registration hours/cut-off: AM Sessions 8-10; PM Sessions 1-2
Offers: Basic consulting, brief psychotherapeutic techniques
Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC)
Address: Corner Enage St., Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City, Leyte
Contact: (053) 323-7110.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Offers: Free consultation and medication
Batangas Medical Center
Address: Bihi Road, Kumintang Ibaba, Batangas
Contact: (043) 740-8307
Consultation Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Offers: Free consultation
Cainta Municipal Hospital
Address: Bonifacio Avenue, Rose Pack Compound, Cainta, Rizal
Contact: (02) 696-2604
Clinic Hours: 24 Hours
Offers: Free consultation for residents and free medicines if available
National Center for Mental Health
Address: Nueve de Febrero Street, Mauway, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
Contact: (02) 531-9001, (02) 531-9002
Clinic Hours: Mondays- Fridays, except Thursdays
Offers: Free meals and medication to patients
Also, to those who are in emotional crisis and in need of immediate assistance, please contact the 24/7 HOPELINE at:
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917 558 HOPE (4673)
2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers)