UST offers free mental health services for COVID-19 frontliners

Published April 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Richa Noriega

Amid the country’s battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is offering free mental health services for COVID-19 frontliners.

In a statement Wednesday, the university said through a group called Thomasian Mental Health Responders, led by the Association of Thomasian Psychology Alumni together with the UST Department of Psychology, they will extend help to frontliners and those involved amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

“Now on its fourth week of the ECQ in Luzon, frontliners who are committed to offer healthcare especially for COVID-19 patients, persons under investigation (PUIs), persons under monitoring (PUMs) in hospitals, and those who provide the needed support to ensure the success of the implementation of the ECQ are not only feeling the physical toll of their work, but also the psychological aspect of having to overcome fear while putting their health at risk,” UST said.

The Thomasian Mental Health Responders are composed of volunteers who are licensed psychologists, licensed guidance counselors, medical doctors, psychology graduate students, and allied health professionals trained in providing psychological first aid.

To be able to avail of the psychological support and telecounseling services of the Thomasian Mental Health Responders, message them at +639171521817 or sign up on the provided link