“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 the definition by the 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).
FriendlyCare with its social advocacy for total family health aims to provide the market with holistic body and mind healthcare services. In 2015 the Foundation started exploring the route to complete its repertoire of services with the inclusion of mental health and wellness program commenced by its partnership with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies for Mindfulness-Based Program training the following year.
In this partnership with CMS, FriendlyCare continued to pursue collaborations with the Department of Health on mhGap program, Philippine Mental Health Association for its MH community-based program in Quezon City, Metro Psych for local mindfulness programs and MH education, and to establish with the purpose to expand its service delivery network with mental health professionals in the country including respectable psychiatrists, psychologists, guidance counselors, social workers, professors who are bonafide members of their respective professional associations including the Philippine Psychiatric Association, Pyschological Association of the Philippines, Philippine Guidance Counseling Association, University of the Philippines Diliman, De La Salle University, The Medical City, Makati Medical Center, Visayas Community Mental Health Center, National Center for Mental Health, and many others.
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 35 selected mental health professionals who have been trained and certified in facilitating MBCT. This is a vital step in expanding the availability of drug-free modality to manage stress of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.
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.