The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Health Care Ministry is promoting a community-based mental health program.
According to Camilian Fr. Dan Cancino, executive-secretary CBCP Health Care Ministry, the purpose of the program is to focus on the condition of the people, especially those who are experiencing depression and anxiety caused by various social crises.
“Ang CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Health po ay isa ito sa priority project niya at program para magpalaganap ng community-based mental health program in partnership with other institutions like the Philippine Mental Health Association at may mga iba’t ibang mga diyosesis, mga parokya na talaga namang may mga wellness program na sila,” Fr. Cancinco told radio Veritas.
The priest further added that St. Camillus Center for listening is offering a free service as a means to show care for those who are experiencing mental health issues.
Their services are through phone calls and online and face-to-face counseling.
The surge of COVID-19 has caused death to many of our loved ones and continues to infect the people. Aside from health problems, COVID-19 has also affected the mental health of many, especially the young people who suffer from various reasons like depression, anxiety and sometimes causing them to end their lives.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), as of June 10, there are 532,201,219 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,305,358 deaths.
As of June 6, 2022, a total of 11,854,673,610 vaccine doses have been administered. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)