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  • 10 Centers With Free Online Counseling When You Feel Nervous Or Panicky For No Reason

    Even if you can't step out of the house, you can still get a mental health check online.
    by Kitty Elicay .
10 Centers With Free Online Counseling When You Feel Nervous Or Panicky For No Reason
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  • It has been a month since the enhanced community quarantine was put in place. While we’re doing our part in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and flattening the curve, being confined to our homes can easily take a toll on our mental health.

    According to Dr. Karina Therese Fernandez, executive director of Ateneo Bulatao Center, feelings of anxiety and stress, which are related to the uncertainty of the pandemic, are the biggest issues during this time. Experts have also noted that many people will feel more isolated and depressed in the wake of the pandemic. (You might be experiencing panic without knowing it. Read the signs here.)

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    List of centers offering free counseling online

    If you’re feeling mentally and emotionally drained, the Psychological Association of the Philippines has compiled a list of centers offering free online psychological services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these organizations perform “telemental health” consultations through video or phone calls. The PAP notes however, that they have no information “about the quality or extent of the services being provided by these centers.”

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    National Center for Mental Health Crisis Hotline (NCMH-USAP)

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    Provides mental health support for all those who are affected by COVID-19. For consultations, call +63 917-899-USAP (8727) or (02) 7989-USAP (8727)

    Ateneo Bulatao Center for Psychological Services

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    Provides online counseling and psychological first aid (PFA) with priority given to frontliners. To sign up for PFA sessions, click here. For inquiries, email bulataocenter.ls@ateneo.edu

    Circle of Hope Community Services, Inc.

    Provides telemental health services to promote effective coping and resilience for healthcare workers, COVID-19 patients, suspect and probable cases, and their family members. To sign up, click here. For inquiries, call +63 917-882-2324 (BEA) or +63 908891-5850 (RHO)

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    GrayMatters Psychological and Consultancy, Inc. Philippines

    Provides free online counseling for frontliners. Online consultations (with a fee) are also offered. To sign up, click here. For inquiries, call +63 917-709-6961

    In Touch Community Services

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    Provides 24/7 crisis line for the mental wellness of all health and safety frontliners. For consultations, call (02) 8893-7603, +63 917-800-1123, and +63 922-893-8944

    Mental Health First Responders (MHFR)

    Provides free online peer and family support. To sign up, click here. For inquiries, visit their website at www.mhfirstresponse.org

    Philippine Mental Health Association, Inc. (PMHA) Online Support

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    Provides mental health support for all those who are affected by COVID-19. Schedule: Mondays to Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    For consultations, send a message via Facebook messenger. For inquiries, text +63 917-565-2036 or email pmhaacds@gmail.com

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    PsychConsult, Inc.

    Provides online counseling sessions for frontliners, COVID-19 patients, suspect and probable cases, and their family members. For consultations, schedule an appointment here. For inquiries, call +63 917-808-0193 or (02) 8692 9844.

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    The Masters Psychological Services

    Provides psychosocial support services. For a list of volunteers, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theMastersPsych

    UP Diliman Psychosocial Services (UPD PsychServ)

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    Provides telepsychotherapy services for frontliners, COVID-19 patients, suspect and probable cases, and their family members

    Schedule: Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    For consultations, sign up here. You may also text or Viber +63 906-374-3466 or +63 916-757-3157 with your name and concern.

    Are you manifesting signs of 'abnormal' anxiety? A psychiatrist shares some of the ways you can cope here. For more stories on COVID-19, click here.

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