Mental Health Program


Mental health and well-being is a concern of all. Addressing concerns related to MNS contributes to the attainment of the SDGs. Through a comprehensive mental health program that includes a wide range of promotive, preventive, treatment and rehabilitative services; that is for all individuals across the life course especially those at risk of and suffering from MNS disorders; integrated in various treatment settings from community to facility that is implemented from the national to the barangay level; and backed with institutional support mechanisms from different government agencies and CSOs, we hope to attain the highest possible level of health for the nation because there is no Universal Health Care without mental health


A society that promotes the well-being of all Filipinos, supported by transformative multi-sectoral partnerships, comprehensive mental health policies and programs, and a responsive service delivery network


To promote over-all wellness of all Filipinos, prevent mental, psychosocial, and neurologic disorders, substance abuse and other forms of addiction, and reduce burden of disease by improving access to quality care and recovery in order to attain the highest possible level of health to participate fully in society.


  1. To promote participatory governance and leadership in mental health
  2. To strengthen coverage of mental health services through multi-sectoral partnership to provide high quality service aiming at best patient experience in a responsive service delivery network
  3. To harness capacities of LGUs and organized groups to implement promotive and preventive interventions on mental health
  4. To leverage quality data and research evidence for mental health
  5. To set standards for compliance in different aspects of services

Program Components

1. Wellness of Daily Living

  • All health/social/poverty reduction/safety and security programs and the like are protective factors in general for the entire population
  • Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention and Control of Diseases, Family wellness programs, etc
  • School and workplace health and wellness programs

2. Extreme Life Experience

  • Provision of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) during personal and community wide disasters

3. Mental Disorder
4. Neurologic Disorders
5. Substance Abuse and other Forms of Addiction

  • Provision of services for mental, neurologic and substance use disorders at the primary level from assessment, treatment and management to referral; and provision of psychotropic drugs which are provided for free.
  • Enhancement of mental health facilities under HFEP

Partner Institutions

NGAs ( DOLE, DSWD, DepEd, Tesda, CHED, DILG)

Policies and Laws

DOH Administrative Order No. 8 series of 2001 The National Mental Health Policy
DOH Administrative Order No. 2016-0039 Revised Operational Framework for a Comprehensive National Mental Health Program
Republic Act No. 11036 Mental Health Act

Strategies, Action Points and Timeline

  • Governance
  • Service coverage
  • Advocacy
  • Evidence
  • Regulation

Program Accomplishments/Status

  1. Passage of the Republic Act No. 11036 dataed June 20, 2018 "An Act Establishing a National Mental Health Policy for the Purpose of Enhancing the Delivery of Integrated Mental Health Services, Promoting and Protecting the Rights of Persons Utilizing Psychiatric, Neurologic and Psychosocial Health Services, Appropriating Funds Therefore and for Other Purposes"
  2. DOH Administrative Oreder No. 2016-0039 dated October 28, 2016 " Revised Operational Framework for a Comprehensive National Mental Health Program"
  3. National Mental Health Program Strategic Plan 2018-2022
  4. Harmonized MHPPS Training Manual
  5. Development of the Implementing Rules and Regulation of the RA No. 11036 also known as The Mental Health Act
  6. Conduct of the Advocacy Activities such as 2nd Public Health Convention on Mental Health, Observance of the World Health Day, World Suicide Prevention Day, National Mental Health Week and Mental Health Fairs
  7. Training on Mental Health Gap Action Programme
  8. Conduct of The National Prevalence Survey on Mental Health
  9. Establishment of the Medicine Access Program for Mental Health

Calendar of Activities

September 10 - World Suicide Prevention Day
October 10 -World Mental Health Day
2nd Week of Ocotber - National Mental Week


The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that

  1. 154 million people suffer from depression
  2. million from schizophrenia
  3. 877,000 people die by suicide every year
  4. 50 million people suffer from epilepsy
  5. 24 million from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  6. 15.3 million persons with drug use disorders 

In the Philippines

  1. 2004 WHO study, up to 60% of people attending primary care clinics daily in the country are estimated to have one or more MNS disorders.
  2. 2000 Census of Population and Housing showed that mental illness and mental retardation rank 3rd and 4th respectively among the types of disabilities in the country (88/100,000    
  3. Data from the Philippine General Hospital in 2014 show that epilepsy accounts for 33.44% of adult and 66.20% of pediatric neurologic out-patient visits per year.  
  4. Drug use prevalence among Filipinos aged 10 to 69 years old is at 2.3%, or an estimated 1.8 million users according to the DDB 2015 Nationwide Survey on the Nature and Extent of Drug Abuse in the Philippines
  5. 2011 WHO Global School-Based Health Survey has shown that in the Philippines, 16% of students between 13-15 years old have ever seriously considered attempting suicide while 13% have actually attempted suicide one or more times during the past year.
  6. The incidence of suicide in males increased from 0.23 to 3.59 per 100,000 between 1984 and 2005 while rates rose from 0.12 to 1.09 per 100,000 in females (Redaniel, Dalida and Gunnell, 2011).
  7. Intentional self-harm is the 9th leading cause of death among the 20-24 years old (DOH, 2003).
  8. A study conducted among government employees in Metro Manila revealed that 32% out of 327 respondents have experienced a mental health problem in their lifetime (DOH 2006).
  9. Based on Global Epidemiology on Kaplan and Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry, 2015 and Kaufman’s Clinical Neurology for Psychiatrists, 7th edition, 2013
    1. Schizophrenia ---1% …..1 Million
    2. Bipolar ---1% …. 1 Million
    3. Major Depressive Disorder     ---17% …. 17 M
    4. Dementia  ---    5% (of older than 65) …..
    5. Epilepsy   ---0.06% …. 600,000

Program Manager Contact Information

Ms. Frances Prescilla L. Cuevas
Chief Health Program Officer
Disease Prevention And Control Bureau-Essential Non-Communicable Disease Division
Tel. No. 651-7800 Local 1750-1752


last updated : 2018

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