USAID and DOH launch mobile app for mental health

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MANILA – To celebrate National Mental Health Week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) launched Lusog-Isip – the country’s first mobile app for mental health and personal care.

Lusog-Isip aims to expand access to evidence-based, culturally appropriate mental health tools and interventions.

Developed by USAID and DOH in response to the growing need for mental health care during the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, the app was launched smoothly on Friday, October 15 during the 4th Convention of public health on mental health.

It will be available for Android and iOS devices through Google Playstore and Apple App Store.

“We hope Lusog-Isip provide access to self-help tools and materials to improve client mental health and address substance use – one of USAID’s key priorities, ”said Michelle Lang-Alli, office director USAID Health Department in the Philippines.

The app examines individuals to get a better idea of ​​their general wellbeing and how they typically deal with stress before recommending ways to help themselves using exercise books, d ‘exercises, audio guides, journaling, mood tracking or even simple self-care reminders. .

It also provides a list of mental health and psychosocial support service providers online or nearby. USAID is committed to supporting the promotion of this mobile app in schools, workplaces and communities.

“This app is a timely innovation, and we thank our partners in USAID for making this a reality. As the Department of Health and our health workers strive to cope and live with this pandemic, we must find ways to take care of the mental well-being of our fellow Filipinos who continue to suffer due to the circumstances. current, ”said Frances Prescilla Cuevas, Health Program Manager, Mental Health Division, DOH. (RP)


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