DepEd launches mental health helpline for studes, teachers
The Department of Education-Disaster Risk Reduction Management Service (DRRMS) launched a mental health helpline system consisting of contact information from different organizations to support learners, teachers, and the public in times of mental and psychological distress.
“We prioritize the promotion and protection of the mental health and general welfare of our personnel and learners, especially amidst the challenges we face due to the crisis,” Sec. Leonor M. Briones said.
In DepEd Memorandum 72, s. 2021, all DepEd offices are instructed to include and promote the national and regional helplines of Circle of Hope Community Services, Inc., Covid-19 Mental Health Responders from the Masters Psychological Services, Hopeline PH, and The 700 Club Asia in events and programs.
The Circle of Hope Community Services, Inc. can be reached at 0917-882-2324, 0908-891-5850, and 0925-557-0888 while Covid-19 Mental Health Responders from the Masters Psychological Services may be reached at https://www.facebook.com/theMastersPsych/photos/a.1783242525300758/2353920514899620/?type3&theater.
Hopeline PH may be reached through (02) 8804-4673, 0917-558-4673, 0918-873-4673, and Globe/TM toll-fee 2919.
The 700 Club Asia may be reached through 0949-889-8138, 0943-706-7633, 0943-145-4815, 0917-836-1513, (02) 8737-0700, and 1-800-1-1888-8700.
For the poster, complete list, contact information, and other helplines available, visit https://www.facebook.com/DepEdDRRMS.
For a copy of the high resolution poster, visit https://bit.ly/DepEd-Helplines2021.
“These helplines can provide various ways to support our learners and personnel. They may provide mental health and psychosocial support services, as well as wellness checks,” DRRMS Director Ronilda Co said.
All helpline numbers are updated every March and October of the year.
The issuance is aligned with the provision of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services in the DepEd Order 14, s. 2020 or the “Guidance on the Required Health Standards in Basic Education Offices and Schools.” – Press release