Master List of Hotlines and Mental Health Resources in the 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
NCMH Crisis Hotline (National Center for Mental Health)
24/7 confidential services:
Psychiatric emergencies, suicidal thoughts, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, sexual abuse, domestic violence, gender identity and sexual orientation issues, school and career issues, issues of carers, and referral to other agencies that can provide specific mental health services in the PH
Mental Health Support (PH) During the COVID-19 Pandemic
• On therapy sessions: if you have a regular therapist and are unable to schedule sessions in person because of the COVID-19 quarantine/lockdown, ask if they are willing to do video or voice calls, with the option to pay via wire transfer.
• On buying medication: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of electronic prescription or “e-reseta” amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
• Frontliners and those seeking mental health support in the time of COVID-19: see posters below
Since May 2019 the NCMH Crisis Hotline has helped thousands of individuals who were in need of mental health assistance….
Click here for MH advocate Inigo Sevilla’s crowdsourced directory
Click here to download a list of psychiatrists in CAR, Regions I-III and IVA, courtesy of Kylie Verzosa’s Mental Health Support Group.
*The standard rate for psychiatrists (private practice) in the Philippines is between ₱2,000 to ₱3,000 per hour. Mid-range is ₱1,500/hour, while public hospitals cost ₱1,000 and below. Scroll down for low-cost MH services.
Psychiatric Care Facilities
Click here for facilities accredited by the Department of Health.
Click here for MentalHealthPH’s list of hospitals and facilities.
Mental Health Care Facilities and Rehabilitation Centers Outside Manila
Click here for a map of locations in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
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 wait list is long, so please be patient.
Many private hospitals offer free OPD consultation (not just psychiatry, but other departments) for charity patients. Just ask the information desk about their charity program. For example, charity patients may apply for Makati Medical Center’s “green card” at the social services in Tower 3.
Looking For a Psychologist (Psychotherapy, Non-Medical) in the Philippines?
Click here for psychologists recommended by Psychology Matters Asia.
Click here for Healing Minds PH’s directory of psychologists.
Looking For An Online Therapist?
Seeing a therapist in person is still the best option, but I understand that some people are in areas with limited access to professional help. Please exercise caution when booking an online therapist.
MAP-MH (Medicines Access Program: Mental Health) gives free mental health medication in the Philippines. Call the pharmacy department of any government hospital (such as the National Center for Mental Health) and ask about the MAP-MH program. There’s a limited stock per month, so should there be any free medication available for you, the hospital will ask you to bring your PWD ID and Certificate of Indigency, plus other requirements. Kumonsulta sa inyong doctor kung paano makakuha ng libreng gamot (para sa mental health) galing sa social welfare.
For affordable medication, go to the pharmacy section of the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH). Just bring your prescription. Medication is cheaper there. For example, something that would cost ₱100 per pill in Mercury Drug is only ₱25 in NCMH. The NCMH Pharmacy is open on weekdays until 5pm only.
If you have a diagnosed mental health condition 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. If your carry a legitimate PWD card and an establishment tries to shame, belittle, or reject your mental health diagnosis (also called psychosocial disability), you may report them to PWD Philippines.
Low-Cost Mental Health Services in the Philippines
Initial fee (any department, including psychiatry OPD): ₱200
*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.
SOS Philippines: Survivors of Suicide and Depression
I started SOS Philippines (Survivors of Suicide and Depression) in 2012 as an online support group for Filipino families who have lost loved ones to suicide and those undergoing mental health ailments such as clinical depression, general anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder. In 2018, we closed the group and shifted focus. SOS Philippines 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’re currently feeling suicidal, please visit Metanoia.
Van Gogh Is Bipolar
Van Gogh 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. Open from 12nn to 12 midnight, Wednesdays to Mondays. Closed on Tuesdays. Walk-ins are welcome. For more info, visit VGIB on Facebook.
*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. While it helps to reach out to other people for support, online groups should not replace a doctor and proper mental health treatment.
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 the MH projects I join include psychiatrists who can explain the medical aspect of mental health. While I respect all approaches to mental well-being, I’m partial towards the medical-based approach if you have a diagnosed illness.
With the help of psychiatrists and mental health workers, I write articles to educate my fellow Filipinos about mental health. The most common questions people ask me are what to do, where to go, and how to help.
To 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 this page and promote it in your MH events, but please credit me and SOS Philippines. Don’t just copy-paste and claim you did all the research. It took me years of volunteer work and research to compile all these resources.
Please note that I AM NOT A PSYCHIATRIST, PSYCHOLOGIST, OR COUNSELOR. I cannot and do not give counseling sessions online. If you are in need of immediate medical or emotional help, please contact the hotlines mentioned on this page. Only a licensed psychiatrist and clinical psychologist can give you a diagnosis. Do not trust online quizzes, for crying out loud. For emergencies, the ERs of reputable hospitals are equipped to handle psychiatric cases.
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.
I AM NOT A PSYCHIATRIST, PSYCHOLOGIST, OR COUNSELOR. I cannot and do not give counseling sessions online. If you are in need of immediate medical or emotional help, please contact the hotlines mentioned on this page. Only a licensed psychiatrist can give you a diagnosis. For psychiatric emergencies, the ERs of reputable hospitals are equipped to handle psychiatric cases.
The resources on this page 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 the sites and groups mentioned in this page.
*Dear students, I don’t do thesis paper interviews anymore. I get an overwhelming number of requests for thesis paper surveys and personal interviews every month. For my own mental well-being, I hope you understand my boundaries. You are free to use the resources in this page for your academic studies and MH events—with proper credit, of course. If you are looking to connect with other members of the mental health community, please refer to the list of groups above. -Kate
MH Statistics in the Philippines (Courtesy of ABS-CBN, 2017):