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DOH-Central Luzon launches hotline to address stress during Covid-19 pandemic

May 4, 2020 @ 8:41
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The Department of Health (DOH) in Central Luzon has launched a hotline for people who might be experiencing mental health problems due to the Luzon lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic.

“To address psychosocial and mental health needs during this crisis, the DOH Central Luzon Center for Health Development (DOH-CLCHD) has established hotlines which operates 24/7 to help people in distress so they feel calm and supported to cope better with their current challenges.” said Dr. Cesar Cassion, regional director.

The DOH-CLCHD Mental Health Assistance Program can be reached through the following hotlines: Smart: 0939-329-9749 Globe: 0926-518-9290 and/or 0956-019-7965.

“In addition, online Facebook page for mental health was also put in place and can be accessed at DOH Central Luzon Mental Health Program wherein everyone can visit and schedule for an online counselling; DOH-CLCHD has partnered with different societies and individuals including guidance counsellors, clinical psychologists, and family counselors who are willing to render pro bono services during this crisis,” Cassion said.

“Different brain-break tips to help cope up with stress are also being posted in the page,” he added.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include fear and worry about one’s health and their families, changes in sleep or eating patterns, difficulty in sleeping or concentrating, worsening of chronic health problems and mental health conditions, and increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“United as one, we assist someone to manage their situation and make informed decisions. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress and eventually make our community stronger,” Cassion said.

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