Mental health, a DepEd concern as health crisis continues


Mental health issues in the country has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused social isolation, general fear, and uncertainty that have led to stress, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

The effects of lockdown has deeply impacted the country where tight-knit families and community relations exist.

Noting how issues on mental health could be a significant concern, the Department of Education (DepEd) has launched several hotlines to deal with the mental health concerns of both teachers and students, and even parents who may experience difficulties during this pressing times.


MANILA, Philippines — According to DepEd director Ronilda Co of the DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction Management Service, the issuance of the hotlines are in line with the provision of mental health and psychosocial support services in the DepEd Order No. 14, series of 2020 or the ‘Guidance on the Required Health Standards in Basic Education Offices and Schools’.

Co said these help lines can provide support to learners and education personnel through the provision of mental health and psychosocial support services as well as wellness checks.

All helpline numbers will be updated every March and October of the year, DepEd added.

According to figures from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the country recorded a 57 percent increase in suicide occurrences in 2020 compared to 2019. Suicide-related deaths in 2020 were at 4,420, compared to 2,810 cases in 2019.

The National Center for Mental Health also reported that the number of suicide-related calls they received has doubled last year.

In a separate statement, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that DepEd has been tasked to emphasize the promotion and protection of employees and learners’ mental health and general welfare, particularly in light of the hardships encountered by many as a result of the health crisis.

The DepEd has included the hotlines of Circle of Hope Community Services, Inc., COVID-19 Mental Health Responders from the Masters Psychological Services, Hopeline PH, and The 700 Club Asia:

Circle of Hope Community Services, Inc.
(+63) 917 882 2324
(+63) 908 891 5850
(+63) 925 557 0888

Hopeline PH
(02) 8804 46 73
(+63) 917 558 4673
(+63) 918 873 4673
Globe/TM toll-fee 2919

The 700 Club Asia
(+63) 949 889 8138
(+63) 943 706 7633
(+63) 0943 145 4815
(+63) 917 836 1513
02 8737 0700
1-800-1-1888-8700    (TRC/JuanManila)


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