LIST: Groups providing free online counseling during the pandemic

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MANILA, Philippines  – In response to the spike in coronavirus cases in the country, the  government has placed the whole of Luzon under lockdown until April 30.

Other areas in the Visayas and Mindanao have followed suit, to help in the effort to stem the coronavirus outbreak. 

With this unprecedented period of quarantine, isolation, and uncertainty, experts have sounded the alarm on a potential nationwide mental health epidemic.  They predict that cases of anxiety and depression will be on the rise and the country's mental healthcare systems may be unprepared for this. (READ: Can PH cope? Mental illness cases tipped to surge during pandemic)

To help Filipinos cope in this time of uncertainty, several institutions and organizations offered to give free online counselling. 

The Psychological Association of the Philippines  listed centers providing this kind of service. The PAP said, however, that it has no information about the quality or extent of the services provided by these centers.

Here’s a list of centers providing free online counseling services:

National Centers

National Center for Mental Health Crisis Hotline (NCMH-USAP)
Provides mental health support for all affected by COVID-19 

Philippine Mental Health Association Online Support
Provides mental health support for all affected by COVID-19

Ateneo Bulatao Center for Psychological Services 
Provides online counseling and Psychological First Aid with priority given to frontliners 

Philippine Psychiatric Association: Mind Matters

PsychConsult, Inc. 
Provides online counseling for all affected by COVID-19

GrayMatters Psychological and Consultancy, Inc. Philippines 
Provides online counseling for all affected by COVID-19

Circle of Hope Community Services, Inc. 
Provides telemental health services to promote effective coping and resilience for healthcare workers

Mental Health First Responders (MHFR)
Provides free online peer and family support

In-Touch Community Services
Provides 24/7 crisis line for the mental wellness of all health and safety frontliners

The Masters Psychological Services 
Provides psychosocial support services  

LUZON

UP Diliman Psychosocial Services (UPD PsychServ) 
Provides brief psychotherapy services for UPD students, faculty, and staff only

PGCA-Pampanga Chapter: Online Counseling for COVID-19 Frontliners 
Provides free online counseling services for frontliners 

SLU- Sunflow Children and Youth Wellness Center, Baguio City 
Provides mental health support for all affected by COVID-19 

The De La Salle University Dasmarinas Center for Applied Psychology
Provides online mental health and well-being support services to those affected by COVID-19

COVID-19 Mental Wellness Professional Resources (Bicol Region) 
Provides telecounseling and professional resources to those affected by COVID-19 

Knox Cube Behavioral & Mental Health Center (Olongapo-Zambales) 
Provides counseling to healthcare workers and the community 

Psycore Neuro Testing Center (Isabela) 
Provides telepsychology services for all affected by COVID-19

VISAYAS

University of San Carlos (USC) Mental Health Online Support for COVID-19 crisis
Provides mental health support for all affected by COVID-19

University of San Carlos (USC) Mental Health Support for COVID-19 Frontliners
Intended for the volunteers of USC mental health online support only

Western Visayas Psychosocial Support for COVID-19
Provides psychosocial support services for all affected by COVID-19

MINDANAO

Camp Navarro General Hospital, Health Service Center, Health Service Command AFP 
Provides telepsychology services for all affected by COVID-19 in Calarian, Zamboanga City

Psycli-nik psychological assessment and intervention services 
NZUE Building 3rd floor, Room 3030 Tomas Claudio Street, Zamboanga City 
Provides telepsychology services for all affected by COVID-19 

The HOFFEN CLINIC (Center for Mental Health and Psychosocial Development) 
Adventist Hospital Davao 

– Rappler.com 

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