Mental Health Hotlines for Students and Teachers Launched by DepEd

The Department of Education (DepEd) has launched several mental health hotlines for both students and teachers.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that the agency is prioritizing and promoting the mental health of students, teaching and non-teaching personnel during this time of coronavirus-pandemic.

“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,” Briones said.

Mental Health Concerns

The agency has launched several hotlines wherein educators and learners could express their concern about mental health.

The hotlines includes 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 launching of mental health hotlines is part of the provision of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services in the DepEd Order No. 14, s. 2020 or the “Guidance on the Required Health Standards in Basic Education Offices and Schools,” according to the agency.

“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,” DRRM Service Director Ronilda Co said.

DepEd said that the hotline numbers will be updated every March and October. The helplines aim to reduce the increasing cases of self-harm due to health crisis.

Here are some of the hotlines.

  • Circle of Hope Community Services, Inc.: (+63) 917 882 2324, (+63) 908 891 5850, (+63) 925 557 0888
  • Hopeline PH: (02) 8804 46 73, (+63) 917 558 4673, (+63) 918 873 4673, Globe/TM toll-fee 2919
  • The 700 Club Asia: (+63) 949 889 8138, (+63) 943 706 7633, (+63) 0943 145 4815, (+63) 917 836 1513, 02 8737 0700, 1-800-1-1888-8700

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