“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Mental health is an integral part of this definition. There is no health without mental health. ” – WHO
According to World Health Organization and the Department of Health Philippines, Mental Health (MH) is more than the absence of mental disorders, but a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential (self-image), can cope with the normal stresses of life (resiliency), can work productively and fruitfully (productivity and creativity), and is able to make a contribution to her or his community (sense of purpose).
In 2015 FriendlyCare Foundation started exploring the route to complete its repertoire of healthcare services with the inclusion of mental health and wellness program with Mindfulness-Based Program in partnership with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies Toronto.
FriendlyCare also pursued collaborations with various mental health professionals in the country including respectable psychiatrists, psychologists, guidance counselors, social workers, and university professors who are bonafide members in their respective professional societies.
In March 2018, FriendlyCare Foundation, in association with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies of Toronto, Canada, has completed the first accreditation program in the Philippines for the delivery of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This marks the expansion of FriendlyCare network of service delivery providers for mental health and wellness of Filipinos with the first batch of selected mental health professionals who were trained and certified in facilitating MBCT. This is a vital step in expanding the availability of group-based modality to manage stress, depression, and anxiety.
FriendlyCare has incorporated Mindfulness-Based Programs in its current list of healthcare packages to promote mental health and wellness with evidence-based, drug-free, group-based, affordable, accessible psycho-social intervention programs.