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The lack of psychiatric facilities



mom Jean um well as you mentioned a while ago hope line still continues even though the health department is stopping it so forth but what does it mean on the ground yes you continue but with the do age setting of its own system well I do different ways of dealing with the crisis line and we do H being the government health agency I think it's very it's fantastic that they're doing the their thing and then hopefully that this what I requested seven years ago five years ago three years ago please set up assessment centers assessment centers yes that's very important assessment centers in the different provinces because for instance palawan is number one in suicide really be call it's number one in incest according to the do age you know postings but what happens is when I went to Palau one where we trained emotional resilience to the because we we knew it was number one so I flew in with seven psychologists for the first pilot test of the emotional resilience module which is now going to be a curricular part of the curriculum of them and it took us four years and three different regions where we tested it we were so shocked that there was no psychiatrist in Palawan we went to the government hospital there's no psychologist or psychiatrist so I had to go to the seventh-day adventists where they had 23 trained guidance counselors so when we get a call from palawan for help we direct them to the seventh-day Adventist Hospital hmm so I mean like we only have less than 5000 licensed mmm psychiatrist psychologist and we are a hundred ten million people again Suzy yes presidential envoy and public health matters what again the land in terms of the baseline data could you expound on that we keep talking about Kyla and Athena mental health programs but where is the army do we have the warm bodies the the accreditations the expertise in terms of psychiatry psychologists and whatever human support we need well we really need to have a mental health public health program and not look at mental health as our clinical mental health issues or conditions as clinical and therefore requiring hospitals in fact the vision is actually for the national center for mental health to become a training and research institution and to integrate all the services in districts hospitals and so on because in other countries for example in Japan and Korea they are phased out mental health facilities 20 years ago now you don't have these specialized areas of campus it creates more stigma you should be able to go to a General Hospital and seek help or care so when you say you say you faced out the center the national center for mental help you supposed to transition into a research and training institution facility which should have happened many many years ago but Athena and Janet I oh we go we go in that direction this is being done now dementing rules and regulations of the mental health law now the other thing is we know that there are about 3 million people in the Philippines who have depression 3 million who have anxiety there is probably an overlap so we don't say 3 plus 3 C these are reported cases reported cases so that's probably a low figure but that's big for it to be a public health problem so in that sense there needs to be a stronger focus on the prevention the preventive services in the role of the school the home church the community becomes more important because it's not about having more psychiatrists and more services in the hospital that's the end of the lining so we need to go to the root we need to go to the to what's causing so much depression and anxiety

Glenn Chapman

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  1. tweet: Could you hold an office inside an existing hospital within each provinces to see patients? That is probably the most practical and economical idea at this time due to a very limited budget. You would most likely be seeing patients when the hospital health personnel contacts you and that means you are on stand-by and on-call mental health provider. stay on course. be blessed.

  2. tweet: The public including clinicians—should be able to retrieve information about human abused violation report in all areas of life online; or by going to the nearest—human health social services offices. What’s needed in the Philippines is to build more smaller (health clinic) buildings—a size of a 7 Eleven—to provide people of basic health care without travelling to Manila for treatment. Now that the gov’t has integrated the provinces into the healthcare systems mainframe, but has not yet build full-service 24-hr hospitals in those areas—smaller clinics would be extremely helpful to assist provinsianos with basic medical care, (e.g., fever; blood pressure check-ups; prescription medicines; day-to-day headaches) and other smaller scale medical treatments. For a psychological one-on-one personal counseling, I would imagine the gov’t could build a separate medical building specific only for people who are going through mental stress and other related issues. The building itself will end-up subsidize and would fall under a non-profit organization. But for the most part, mental stress sufferers usually see their clinicians in their own rental offices. We could say the same for elderly—there are no nursing homes—the country doesn’t have these facilities set-up yet. Stay the course. be blessed.

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