24/7 online mental health, psychosocial support launched in Muntinlupa amid COVID-19
Recently the City Government of Muntinlupa launched the 24/7 Live Chat Program on Facebook to provide psychosocial support for its residents. This new move is part of the City Government’s anticipation of the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city particularly on metal health and the well-being of the public in general.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the City Government recognizes the need to support the people’s mental health as fear and anxiety grow from various factors including the virus’ threat to public health, the implementation of strict quarantine, and a wave of social media misinformation, among others.
“We are taking a holistic approach in the COVID-19 health emergency by also providing psychological support for our constituents. We made it accessible online so Muntinlupeños can consult with our medical personnel in the comfort of their homes during the quarantine period,” Fresnedi added.
The Muntinlupa Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) provides psychological first aid for residents experiencing anxiety and stress, including referral to local government’s services.
The MHPSS Team consists of registered psychometrician, nurses, social workers, a SPED teacher and other staff from the City Government of Muntinlupa. The public can avail the service for free via Muntinlupa Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Facebook Page.
As of March 27, MHPSS Team provided psychological first aid and referral service to 353 clients. The project is facilitated by the City Health Office, Social Service Department, Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office, Schools Division Office – Muntinlupa, Office of Senior Citizens Affairs, and Muntinlupa City Technical Institute.
The Muntinlupa Mental Health and Psychosocial Support program was established last 2016 to cater to persons in crisis such as fire victims and displaced families during calamities. Social workers has provided counselling in evacuation centers and self-care seminars for calamity victims.
For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19 testing, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.
This is an official Press Release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa. Some parts were edited for this website.
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