The Philippines rejoices for taking a huge step towards the awareness and importance of Mental Health.
President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed the Republic Act No. 11036 which is considered to also be the “Philippine Mental Health Act”. The proposed law was to adopt a mental health system in the country. A policy that can enhance Mental health issues will now cease to be seen as an invisible sickness spoken only in whispers, Filipinos who are going through behavioral health issues or substance abuse, through mental health services which will be affordable.
Lawmakers who proposed the Philippine Mental Health Act show pride into what a groundbreaking time in Philippine history.
“Mental health issues will now cease to be seen as an invisible sickness spoken only in whispers,” says Sen. Risa Hontiveros.
She also praises President Duterte on signing the Mental Health Act, and explains that it could create ways on consolidating public healthcare systems with mental healthcare.
Senator Angara edits his calls for PhilHealth to expand its range for mental health treatment “we renew our call to PhilHealth to cover fees for psychiatric consultations & medicines, as early intervention and prevention is crucial in treating mental illness,”
Since the RA. 11036 or Philippine Mental Health Act will be combining into basic health services. He expounds that PhilHealth only covers “acute attacks of mental and behavioral disorders”, hoping that it will expand to free consultations and medicine will be accessible to every Filipino in the drafting of the IRR.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque explains that the Duterte Administration is committed to administer affordable and accessible mental healthcare services in the form of signing the law.
“Implementing a universal mental healthcare system in the country would provide more awareness regarding mental health among Filipinos,” says Roque in a statement.
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