Almost three years into the pandemic, and we’re still finding better ways to cope and adjust to all the changes brought about by the global health crisis. We’re not just grieving the loss of loved ones, but we’re also grieving lost time, plans, and dreams. All of this while trying to stay healthy and keep safe.
There are days that seem more bearable, and resilience shines brighter than our fears. Other days, the only thing we can manage to do is survive, and that’s perfectly fine. While we’re trying to reach out and connect with each other behind our screens, sometimes we need a little more than that to help us get by. Here are some mental health hotlines and resources that could help you better cope and care for your well-being.
Mental health hotlines to call while in isolation or quarantine
On 14 Jan 2022, the Department of Health released an updated list of guidelines on quarantine, isolation, and testing for COVID-19. The following infographics contain response and case management for the Omicron variant, as well as hotlines for mental health care. Individuals who are struggling with their mental health while in isolation are encouraged to ask for assistance.
Each region in the country has their own set of phone numbers which allow for faster response to emergencies. Additionally, the DOH also introduced the Philippine’s first ever mobile application and digital platform for mental health care. The Lusog-Isip app was designed by Filipinos and created for Filipinos. It features evidence-based tools that hope to improve well-being and coping with stress, anxiety, and depression during the pandemic.
While the cases in the country continue to rise, the surge in mental health crises also becomes more concerning. This is an urgent call to take a step back and take care of ourselves now more than ever.
Check up on your friends, ask how your family is doing, and don’t forget yourself. While it sounds cliché, it really is okay not to be okay. It’s alright to ask for help — and there’s no shame in reaching out to mental health hotlines. You’re not alone, and we’re all literally in this together!
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