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Master List of Hotlines and Resources in the Philippines


Explore these hashtags to connect with the mental health community in the Philippines. Photo by SOS Philippines.

Free Counseling Hotlines in the Philippines

Crisis Line (My most recommended and trusted MH hotline):
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

Hopeline (under DOH and NGF):
PLDT: (02) 804-4673
Globe: (0917) 558-4673
Toll-free for Globe/TM: 2919

 

Looking For a Psychiatrist in the Philippines?

Philippine Psychiatric Association (PPA)
(02) 635-9858
Click here to find PPA-affiliated doctors in your area.

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

Click here for MH advocate Inigo Sevilla’s crowdsourced directory

Free Psychiatric Consultation

Philippine General Hospital
PGH Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Department 2/F, Ward 7
(02) 554-8400 loc. 2436 or 2440
(02) 554-88470, (02) 526-0150, and (02) 554-8469
*Note: The waitlist is long, so please be patient.

Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center
OPD Acute Psychiatric Unit
Sumulong Highway Sto. Nino, Marikina
Free basic (non-intensive) psychiatric services from 8-10 a.m. to 1-2 p.m.
Click here for more details.

Psychiatric Care Facilities

Click here for facilities accredited by the Department of Health.

Click here for MentalHealthPH’s list of hospitals and facilities that cater to MH.

Mental Health Care Facilities Outside Manila

Click here for Webbline’s list.

Click here for a map of locations in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.


 

Looking For a Psychologist (Non-Medical Psychotherapy) in the Philippines?

Click here for psychologists recommended by ADSP.

Click here for psychologists recommended by Psychology Matters Asia.

Ateneo Bulatao Center For Psychological Services
Room 103-A Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo de Manila University,
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(02) 426-5982

Psych Consult, Inc.
Unit 227 Second Floor, Regalia Park Towers,
150 P. Tuazon Blvd., Cubao, Quezon City
(02) 421-2469, (02) 357-6427, and (0917) 808-0193

Psyche Solution Psychological Services
Unit 2 Block 4 Lot 4, Marilag Subdivision
Dasmariñas, Cavite
(0922) 810-5148

Free Psychological Services

Living Free Foundation
(0917) 322-7807

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


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

For Teens and Children:

Childfam Possibilities – Psychosocial Services
5/F Unit 3, The One Executive Office Building
#5 West Ave. Quezon City
(02) 404-0699, (0927) 224-4598, and (0910) 126-9540

Looking For An Online Therapist?

Visit betterhelp.com for affordable therapy sessions from licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited psychologists (PhD / PsyD), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), clinical social workers (LCSW / LMSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). Note: They are international based and English speaking.

PWD Card For Mental Health

If you are suffering from diagnosed mental health ailments such as clinical depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, you are eligible to get a PWD Card in the Philippines. The card will give you discounts on medication, hospitalization, groceries, etc. Click here to find out how you can apply.




Low-Cost Mental Health Services in the Philippines

National Center For Mental Health
(02) 531-9001
₱100-₱400 for psych consultation
Click here for complete rates.
Click here for list of services.
NCMH in Mandaluyong accommodates walk-in OPD patients.

Philippine General Hospital
PGH Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Department 2/F, Ward 7
(02) 554-8400 loc. 2436 or 2440
(02) 554-88470, (02) 526-0150, and (02) 554-8469

Philippine Mental Health Association, Inc.
No. 18 East Avenue, Quezon City 1100
(02) 921-4958 and (02) 921-4959
₱500-₱1,000 per consultation

UERM Department of Psychiatry
64 Aurora Blvd. Doña Imelda, Quezon City
(02) 715-0861 loc. 362

Amang Rodriguez Medical Center (DOH Hospital)
Sumulong Highway Sto. Nino, Marikina
(02) 941 5854

Quezon City General Hospital
Project 8, Quezon City
(02) 426-1314

Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center
Cebu City
Free medical consultation at the Behavioural Center (₱30 registration fee)

UST Hospital
Initial fee (any department, including psychiatry OPD): ₱200
Follow-ups: ₱100
*Registration and payment strictly up to 2 p.m. only. For mild to moderate cases, family medicine handles cases Mondays to Fridays. For more serious situations, patients will be refered to neurology and psychiatry department, which is open for adult psychiatry on Wednesday to Friday, 2 p.m. onwards.


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

Mental Health Groups in the Philippines

Alliance of Filipino Families for Mental Health, Inc.
Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines
Baguio Mental Health Support Group
Be Healed Foundation
Buhay Movement
Coalescent Foundation
Crisis Line PH
Depresione Y Mania : A Bipolar Artshow
DIWA Mental Health (UP College of Public Health)
In Touch Community Services (in charge of Crisis Line)
Light Your Way: A Mental Health Movement
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Philippines
Mental Health Matters by Kylie Verzosa
Mental Health PH
Mental Illness and Addiction Recovery Support Philippines
Mindanao Youth For Mental Health
Mood Warriors and Phoenixes, Bipolar Disorder Advocacy Philippines
Natasha Goulbourn Foundation
No To Mental Health Stigma PH
Philippine Mental Health Association – Cebu Chapter
Philippine Mental Health Association, Inc.
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc.
Psychoeduc8 Philippines
Psychological Association of the Philippines
PRISM
RPh For Mental Health by the Philippine Pharmacists Association
Schizophrenia and Bipolar Philippines Support Group
Silakbo
Social Anxiety Support Philippines
SOS Philippines (by Kate Alvarez)
Sprout: Speak Out, Reach Out (Under Youth For Mental Health Coalition)
Tala
Talang Dalisay
TAYO; TAYO Project
The Julia Buencamino Project
Tibok
Unmask Movement
Van Gogh is Bipolar
You Will Be Alright (by TJ Manotoc)
Youth For Mental Health Coalition

SOS Philippines: Survivors of Suicide and Depression

I originally founded SOS Philippines (Survivors of Suicide and Depression) in 2012 as an online support group for Filipino families who have lost a loved one to suicide. It became a private counseling and support group for suicide loss survivors, and those undergoing mental health ailments such as clinical depression, general anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder. By mid-2018, SOS Philippines shifted its focus. It is now a mental health resource page, where you’ll find updates on the mental health law, local MH events, helpful articles, low-cost services, and other MH resources.

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

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

Van Gogh Is Bipolar

Van Gosh Is Bipolar is a Quezon City-based café and mood-healing sanctuary that gives free counseling and therapy sessions, and an avenue for mental health advocates to share their art and passions every 3:00-5:00 p.m. at their VGIB Healing Garden. For more info, visit VGIB on Facebook.

Peer-To-Peer Online Counseling Groups in the PH

Mental Health Support Group By Kylie Verzosa
Psychoeduc8 Philippines
Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines
Depression and Anxiety Care Group Philippines
Schizophrenia and Bipolar Philippines Support Group

*These peer-to-peer online support groups are comprised of fellow Filipinos undergoing mental health ailments such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia. They give advice based on personal experience, but they are not a 24-hour quick response or emergency crisis intervention team. Each group has its own set of rules that you should respect. While it helps to reach out to other people for support, please note that online groups should NEVER EVER replace a doctor and proper mental health treatment.


Spiritual Counseling

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

700 Club Asia – Free Prayer Hotlines
(Confidential, no charges, and no condemnation)
Toll-free: 1-800-1-888-8700
Manila: 737-0700
Smart: (0949) 888-8001
Sun: (0925) 300-3000

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

CEFAM 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

Door of Hope Counseling Center
Amorsolo St. Corner Dela Rosa,
Makati
doorofhopecounseling@gmail.com

Light of Jesus Pastoral Care Center
60 Chicago St., Bgy. Pinagkaisahan, Cubao, Quezon City 1109
(02) 726-0267, 726-6728, and 726-4709

UGAT Foundation
Psychospiritual counseling in Ateneo
(02) 426 5992 and (02) 426 6001 loc. 4872 to 73




International Online Chat Networks

7 Cups of Tea
Better Help
Depression Chat Rooms
Depression Sanctuary
I’m Alive
Lifeline Chat (If you’re in the US)
The Hopeline International (Faith-based Christian support group)

International MH Groups

American Foundation For Suicide Prevention
Befrienders Worldwide
International Association For Suicide Prevention
National Alliance of Mental Illness (USA)
Project Semicolon
Suicide.org
The Mighty
To Write Love On Her Arms
Web Tribes: Find Your Tribe


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

About Me

My name is Kate Alvarez. I’ve been a mental health advocate since 2012. I founded SOS Philippines after losing a loved one to suicide. I’m a survivor of major depressive disorder (MDD) and general anxiety disorder (GAD). I collaborate with different mental health groups that I trust. Once in a while I appear in events as a guest speaker, but I make sure that the MH projects I join include professionals like psychiatrists who can explain the medical aspect of mental health. While I respect all forms of mental health healing, I’m partial towards the medical-based approach.

With the help of psychiatrists and mental health experts, I write 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.

My Articles About Mental Health

How to help a suicidal friend
10 fallacies about suicide
10 fallacies about depression
Are you clinically depressed?
What you need to know about depression
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?

Articles Where My MH Advocacy Was Featured

Reality Check: Nothing Is Real (Solenn Heussaf’s Blog, July 2018)
Kate Alvarez: Healing in Helping (Manila Bulletin, April 2018)
Making Sense of the Silence (Manila Bulletin, July 2017)

A Note To 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. 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.

MH Statistics in the Philippines (Courtesy of ABS-CBN):