Sunday, October 20, 2019


No Health Without Mental Health

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. There is no health without mental health according to the World Health Organization. The Department of Health Philippines also defines Mental Health (MH) as more than the absence of mental disorders, but a state of well-being to realize one’s own potential (self-image), cope with the normal stresses of life (resiliency), work productively and fruitfully (productivity and creativity), and be able to make a contribution to the community (sense of purpose).

Philippine Mental Health Law RA 11036

To promote and support the total health and well-being of Filipinos, the Department of Health is implementing the Philippine Mental Health Law RA 11036. The MH Law aims to establish a national mental health policy that will enhance the delivery of integrated mental health services, promote and protect the rights of persons and provide access to psychiatric, neurologic and psychosocial health services for the well-being of all Filipinos.

FriendlyCare Supports MH Law

FriendlyCare’s mission to provide accessible, affordable, compassionate total family health is fully in line with the pillar purposes of Philippine Mental Health Law which is to integrate mental health education and service provision in communities, schools and workplaces.

In 2015 FriendlyCare Foundation started to include mental health and wellness programs in its repertoire of health services. Among the programs that FriendlyCare offers is its specially developed Mental Health Lecture for educational institutions, workplaces and communities.

Mental Health Lectures by FriendlyCare

FriendlyCare’s Mental Health Lecture is a three-hour educational lecture to raise awareness and remove the stigma of mental health and disorders, and to promote mental well-being of people in the workplace, communities and schools. It also provides information about personal screening, self-care, family support, and how to seek help from professionals. Mental health workplace policy guidance is also provided to the Human Resources Department of the company or the school.

Mindfulness-Based Programs for Recurring Depression and Anxiety

FriendlyCare in partnership with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies Toronto, was certified and trained to deliver programs for mental health and wellness  through Mindfulness-Based Programs. MBPs particularly Mindfulness-Based Wellness for Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction are group programs designed to help participants develop life skills to cope with chronic and acute stress, anxiety and depression for self-regulation and resiliency.

Expanding the Network of Service Providers for Mental Health

FriendlyCare also pursued collaborations with various mental health professionals in the country including psychiatrists, psychologists, guidance counselors, social workers, and university professors helping build a network of service delivery providers given the scarcity for mental health professionals in the country.

In March 2018, FriendlyCare Foundation, in association with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies of Toronto, Canada, completed the first certification program in the Philippines for the delivery of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This marks the expansion of FriendlyCare’s network of service delivery providers with the first batch of health professionals and lay people trained and certified in facilitating MBCT. This is a vital step in expanding the availability of group-based modalities to manage stress, recurring depression and anxiety.

FriendlyCare has incorporated evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Programs in its line up of healthcare packages to promote mental health and wellness offering affordable, accessible psycho-social intervention programs for individual as well as corporate clients.