DOH promises better mental health services

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The National Mental Health Center in the city of Mandaluyong, October 27, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ​​​​ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA – The Ministry of Health is committed to improving mental health services in the country by expanding access to these services and strengthening community mental care programs.

According to DOH official Maria Rosario Vergeire, stigma and discrimination prevent Filipinos from accessing mental health services.

“Recognizing these challenges, we have taken a non-specialist approach to bringing mental health services closer to communities, ensuring that mental health care is available at all stages of life in diverse settings and levels of care,” she said in a statement Thursday.

Vergeire called on other sectors to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health.

On Wednesday, Vergeire and other health officials visited the National Mental Health Center in the city of Mandaluyong to check on patients, its facilities and medical equipment.

During rounds, patients were seen carrying out productive activities such as sewing sheets and bags, planting crops, and creating accessories such as bracelets and necklaces.

In addition to general adult psychiatry, NCMH also offers child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, woman and child protection, and crisis management.

According to the head of the NCMH Medical Center, Dr. Noel Reyes, the psychiatric hospital aims to prepare service users to function and function as a contributing member of society.

“We want to remove the perception that patients with mental illnesses are irrecoverable and isolated – here at NCMH we work to help our service users recover and further integrate them with the foundations and resources they need. for a full return to their family, friends, and community,” he said in a statement.

The DOH is also committed to supporting the development of more mental health facilities across the country as part of its efforts to increase accessibility to health services.

Vergeire stressed the importance of improving the mental health prevalence research agenda and the need to increase funding for the training of mental health professionals.

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