The Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA), the University of Santo Tomas and the De La Salle University offer free online mental health service for people requiring psychological support during the Luzon-wide lockdown.

With the enforcement of the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), mental health experts say expect mental health problems are sure to rise.

Because of this various private institutions are offering free online services not only to their regular clients but even people requiring psychological support during this health crisis.

“In crisis situations, mental health problems usually increase,” said Dr. Carolina Uno-Rayco said of the Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA), a non-profit organization.

“Even those who are considered ‘normal’ are triggered by the fear or uncertainty of the situation,” she added.

The online platform is a safe space where people with mental health concerns triggered by the ECQ can talk with mental health professionals for counsel while at home.

These services can be availed of for free, at least during the ECQ period.

One week after the start of the ECQ, the PMHA launched its online campaign called #EnsuringWellbeingAmidstCOVID19.

“We will be posting about our online services, tips and positive materials that will help uplift the public’s spirit,” the PMHA said in a post on its official Facebook page.

Online consultation with six psychologists and counselors, and three psychiatrists is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays.

Meanwhile, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and De La Salle University (DLSU) are extending free mental health services to frontliners and even COVID-19 positive patients, patients under investigation (PUIs) and persons under monitoring (PUMs).

Both Catholic universities are providing psycho-educational materials, web seminar sessions and tele counseling services from licensed psychologists, guidance counselors, medical doctors, and other allied health professionals.

Those in need of this free service can send messages to UST via 0917-1521817 while DLSU can be emailed at or messaged via the Facebook account of Telepsychology for La Sallian Community. (Jojo Mangahis)