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Master List Of Hotlines and Resources

“Nandito ako” is the tagline of Buhay Movement, one of the Filipino MH groups I trust.

Free Counseling Hotlines in the Philippines

Crisis Line:
Landline: (02) 893-7603
Globe Duo: 0917-8001123
Sun Double Unlimited: 0922-8938944

Tawag Paglaum-Centro Bisaya:
(24/7 suicide, depression, and emotional crisis intervention hotline)
Smart/Sun: 0939-9375433 / 0939-9365433
Globe/TM: 0927-6541629

Mood Harmony:
(Makati Medical Center Support Group for Mood Disorders)
(02) 844-2941

Dial-a-Friend:
(02) 525-1743
(02) 525-1881

Spiritual Counseling

Center for Family Ministries (CEFAM):
(For psycho-spiritual counseling via appointment with psychologists or psychiatrists)
www.cefam.ph and (02) 426-4289 to 92

CEFAM Spiritual-Pastoral Center
(via appointment)
Ateneo de Manila University Campus
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(02) 426-4289 to 92

Satellite Counseling Site
(CEFAM in cooperation with Don Bosco Parish; via appointment)
Don Bosco Parish
Arnaiz Avenue corner Amorsolo Street, Makati City
(02) 894-5932 or 34

Me (left) with my fellow mental health advocates Shamaine Buencamino, Nonie Buencaminio, Maud Aimee Javier, and Meryll Soriano

My Articles About Mental Health

How to help a suicidal friend
10 fallacies about suicide
10 fallacies about depression
Are you clinically depressed?
Worst things to say to someone with depression
5 videos that will help you understand depression
This Pinoy mental health video stars your favorite celebs
Is 13 Reasons Why dangerous or helpful?

SOS Philippines

If you need a safe place where people understand your plight, please join SOS Philippines, a private online group for Filipinos undergoing depression, bipolar disorder, suicide loss, and other mental health ailments. I am one of the admins and founder of this group. Before your membership is approved, you must first fill up the 3-question form that appears when you click “join.”

If you’ve just lost someone to suicide, visit afsp.org/survivingsuicideloss.

If you’re currently feeling suicidal, please visit Metanoia.

Other Mental Health Groups in the Philippines

Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines
Be Healed Foundation
Buhay Movement
Coalescent Foundation
Crisis Line PH
In Touch Community Services (in charge of Crisis Line)
Mental Health Matters by Kylie Verzosa
Mental Health PH
Mood Warriors and Phoenixes, Bipolar Disorder Advocacy Philippines
Natasha Goulbourn Foundation
No To Mental Health Stigma PH
Psychoeduc8 Philippines
Silakbo
Tala
The Julia Buencamino Project
Tibok
Van Gogh is Bipolar
Youth For Mental Health Coalition

“Buhay: An Exhibit For Suicide Awareness” was held in October 2016. I was one of the MH advocates featured in the exhibit.

Looking for a psychiatrist or psychologist in the Philippines?

For referrals to psychiatrists in your location, contact the Philippine Psychiatric Association at (02) 635-9858.

Free psychiatric consultation:
PGH Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Department 2/F, Ward 7
(02) 554-8400 loc. 2436 or 2440
(02) 554-88470

Click here for psychologists recommended by ADSP.

Click here for psychologists recommended by Psychology Matters Asia.

Visit The Filipino Doctor to find psychiatrists and other specialists in your area.

Free psychological services from UST:
UST Psychotrauma (via appointment)
Phone: (02) 406-1611 local 4012
Room 104 (The Meeting Room), Ground Floor,
Thomas Aquinas Research Complex (TARC),
University of Santo Tomas, Manila

International Online Chat Networks

7 Cups of Tea
Better Help
Depression Chat Rooms
Depression Sanctuary
I’m Alive
Lifeline Chat (2pm-2pm US EST time only)
The Hopeline International (Faith-based Christian support group)

International MH Groups

American Foundation For Suicide Prevention
Befrienders Worldwide
International Association For Suicide Prevention
Project Semicolon
Suicide.org
The Mighty
To Write Love On Her Arms
Web Tribes: Find Your Tribe

The semicolon has become a global symbol for MH awareness. It was started by Project Semicolon, a global non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope to people struggling with mental illness.

About Me

I’ve been a mental health advocate since 2012. While I continue to collaborate with different mental health groups, I don’t do TV interviews anymore. Once in a while I appear in small events as a guest speaker, but I make sure that the projects I join include professionals like psychiatrists who can explain the medical aspect of mental health.

I prefer writing articles to educate my fellow Filipinos about depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health ailments. The most common questions people ask me are what to do, where to go, how to help, and how to know if a person is indeed afflicted with clinical depression.

To help answer your frequently asked questions (FAQs), I published this master list of mental health resources in the Philippines. I will update this page regularly. Feel free to share.

For My Fellow Journalists:

Did you know that the way you write about suicide can either prevent or trigger another suicide? Somewhere out there, a high-risk clinically depressed person is online and reading YOUR article. Safe reporting saves lives. Click here to learn the guidelines for reporting about mental health responsibly.

Disclaimer: These resources are for informational purposes only. My group, SOS Philippines, is not a 24-hour quick response or emergency crisis intervention team. We are not doctors. We can lead you to helpful resources, while members give advice based on personal experience. Googling should never ever replace a real doctor. We shall not be held responsible for the content, claims, or representations of the listed resources, or any unfortunate incidents that may arise from interacting with those sites.