National Mental Health Program

Contact Person: 
Nelson Mendoza

GOAL: Quality Mental Health Care

OBJECTIVE: Implementation of a mental health program strategy

The National Mental Health Policy shall be pursued through a mental health program strategy prioritizing the promotion of mental health, protection of the rights and freedom of persons with mental diseases and the reduction of the burden and consequences of mental ill-health, mental and brain disorders and disabilities.


To ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of the National Mental Health Program, certain committees and teams were organized.

1.     National Program Management Committee (NPMC) – it is chaired by the Undersecretary of Health of the policy standards development team for service delivery and co-chaired by the Director IV of the National Center  for Disease Prevention and Control (NCDPC)


·        Oversee the development of mental health measures for sub-programs and components.

·        Integrate the various programs, project and activities from the various program development and management groups for each sub-program.

·        Manage the various sub-programs and components of the national mental health program.

·        Oversee the implementation of prevention and control measures for mental health issues and concerns

·        Recommend to the Secretary of Health a master plan for mental health aligned with the mandates and thrusts of various government agencies.

2.     Program Development and Management Teams (PDMT)- under NPMC, PDMT shall be established corresponding to the four sub-programs of the National Mental Health Program.


·        Formulate and recommend policies, standards, guidelines approaches on each specifics sub-program on mental health.

·        Develop a plan of action for each specific sub-program in consultation with mental health advocates and stakeholders.

·        Develop operating guidelines, procedures, protocols for the mental health sub-program.

·        Provide technical assistance to other mental health teams according to sub-program funds.


3.     Other Partners and Stakeholders

·        Ensuring the availability of competent, efficient, culturally and gender-sensitive health care professionals who will provide mental health services.

·        Identifying mental health needs of the population and refer findings to the appropriate mental care provider

·        Promoting and advocating for the implementation of the program within their respective areas of responsibility.


1.     Health Promotion and Advocacy

Enrichment of advocacy and multimedia information, education and community (IEC) strategies targeting the general public, mental health patients and their families.

2.     Service Provision

Enhancement of service delivery at the national and local levels will enable the early recognition and treatment of mental health problems.

3.     Policy and legislation

The formulation and institutionalization of national legislations, policies, program standards and guidelines shall emphasize the development of efficient and effective structures, systems and mechanisms that will ensure equitable accessible, affordable and appropriate health services for the mentally ill patients, victims of disaster and other vulnerable groups.

4.     Encouraging the development of a research culture and capacity

The program shall support researches and studies relevant to mental health, with focus on the clinical behaviour, epidemiology, public health treatment options and knowledge management.

5.     Capacity building

Training shall be conducted on psychosocial care, the detection and management of specific psychiatric morbidity and the establishment of mental health facilities.

6.     Public-Private Partnership

Inter-sectoral approaches and networking with other government agencies, non-government organizations, academe and private service providers shall be pursued to develop partnership and expand the involvement of stakeholders.

7.     Establishment of database and information system

This is needed to determine the magnitude of the problem to serve as basis for shifting the program for being institutional and treatment focused on being preventive, family focused and community oriented.

8.     Development of model programs

Best practices for prevention of substance abuse and risk reduction for mental illness can be replicated in different LGUs in coordination with other agencies involved in mental health and substance abuse prevention programs.

9.     Monitoring and evaluation

A regular review process shall be conducted.


·         2 Batches of training on promotion mental health in the communities

·        1 Batch of training on psychosocial intervention

·        Series of lecture on suicide prevention in different schools and colleges.

·        Mental Health summit in celebration of World Mental Health Day.


Vision: Better quality of life through total health care for all Filipinos

Mission: A rational and unified response to mental health