Mental health in general is commonly stigmatized, neglected, and taken into less consideration, despite the increasing prevalence of psychological distress among Filipinos. This prevents them from seeking professional help and they prefer to consult with their close family and friends. But most of the time, expectations are not being met and more harm than good is done (Martinez, A. et al., 2020).
Mental illness is the third most common disability in the Philippines. Around 6 million Filipinos are estimated to live with depression and/or anxiety, making the Philippines the country with the third highest rate of mental health problems in the Western Pacific Region (WHO, 2017).
Mental disorders are also about twice as prevalent among indigent people. Despite their necessity for mental health services, indigent families are least likely to have access to quality mental health care (Patel, V. et al., 1999). Additional barriers cited by Filipinos include financial difficulty and the inaccessibility of services (Martinez, A. et al., 2020).
With this, DFS is taking a leading role in an effort to bridge the gap and provide accessibility to the mental health needs and concerns of children and families experiencing financial difficulties. DFS aims to provide quality services through our licensed psychologists and psychiatrists to provide access to mental health care for every Juan.
Underprivileged and Homeless Citizens (RA 7279)
Persons with Disability PWDs (RA 7277)
Solo Parents and/or their Dependents (RA 8972)
Senior Citizen (RA 9994)
Indigenous People (RA 8371)
Note: Identification and Financial proof needed as supporting documents.
View the application form to see requirements.