Philippine diocese creates mental health ‘hopeline’

by Robin Gomes, Vatican News  |  07/04/2020  |  ACMHM News

The Diocese of Kalookan has created a support helpline for those struggling with anxiety and other emotions due to the coronavirus crisis.

“Covid Hopeline” is phone-in counseling service of the Diocese of Kalookan in Metro Manila. Its team of mental health experts and priests provides psychological and moral support to those suffering anxiety and stress due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown.

“We launched our own ‘Hopeline’ so that we’ll be able to help our people in the diocese when they need the guidance of a priest or a psychiatrist,” Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan told Church-run Radio Veritas.

In order to contain the spread of Covid-19, Philippine government in March placed the entire country under a state of public health emergency, with heavy restrictions in some regions such as the Luzon island.

Last month, the National Center for Mental Health reported that a growing number of people were suffering anxiety and stress due to the lockdown.

The Philippines has the third highest number of Covid-19 infections in South-East Asia after Indonesia and Singapore.