[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”16″]Help is here with the newly-signed Philippine Mental Health Law.[/quote]
President Rodrigo Duterte signs Republic Act No. 11036 into law, now known as the Mental Health Law on Wednesday, June 20, a day before it lapses into law.
RA 11036 aims to integrate mental health in the general healthcare system, according to bill author Senator Risa Hontiveros.
There are four components of the Mental Health Law:
- It secures the rights and welfare of mental health professionals and persons with mental needs.
- Provide mental health services in hospitals and barangay.
- Improve mental health facilities.
- Integrate mental health education in schools and workplaces.
Through the Mental Health Law, PhilHealth coverage for mental health diseases has been expanded to outpatient checkups and medicines.
Before the law’s passage, PhilHealth only covered hospitalization brought about by acute attacks of mental and behavioral disorders at a package rate of P7,800.
Accoording to World Health Organization, as of 2008, the suicide rate for males is 2.5 per 100,000 population and for females is 1.7 per 100,000 population. In the Philippines, neuropsychiatric disorders are estimated to contribute to 14.4% of the global burden of disease.