Hopeline, new health app out; GoWiFi connects frontliners for free;


    HOPELINE 24/7 mental health support now in HealthNow app 

    As mental health issues rise due to isolation, fear, and worries that accompany the current pandemic, it becomes necessary to make it easier for the public to access mental health support services whenever and wherever they need them.

    Thus, HOPELINE, the 24/7 suicide prevention and crisis support desk of New Good Feelings (NGF) Mindstrong, partnered with telehealth service integrator HealthNow to give the public more ways to reach the hotline.  HOPELINE can be found under HealthNow app’s Urgent Help button in the welcome page. Globe and TM subscribers will be able to call the hotline toll-free.

    HealthNow is a joint undertaking of 917Ventures, a corporate incubator wholly-owned by Globe, and AC Health, the healthcare arm of Ayala Corporation.  It is a mobile application that helps patients to conveniently consult with a doctor, buy medicine for delivery, and schedule clinic appointments without leaving their homes.  The app may be downloaded from Play Store for Android and App Store for iOS.

    Beia Latay, CEO of HealthNow, said: “Our partnership with HOPELINE is an important step to allow more people access to mental and emotional support services, even if this means simply having someone to talk to when they need it the most. We knew that we wanted to collaborate with a reputable group like NGF, whose mission is aligned with ours as we strive to accompany Filipinos in their healthcare journey during these complicated times.”

    In its pursuit to provide a platform for a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline, toll-free HOPELINE 2919 was created in 2012, with Globe providing the necessary technology for it. Since then, the hotline has received over 14,000 calls mostly related to issues of depression, suicidal thoughts, and relationship problems.

    The psychological impact of COVID-19 on Filipinos these past months has been devastating. In a study conducted by Tee et al  last August, it showed that “anxieties and stress caused by social distancing practices and the economic recession have led to a rise in mental health issues, worsening of health conditions and has even led more the more vulnerable to commit suicide.”

    The integration of HOPELINE in HealthNow is part of the Globe Group’s efforts to support mental health awareness in the Philippines. Aside from conducting mental health webinars, Globe has also partnered with UP Diliman Psychosocial Services (UPD PsycServ) for free counseling or psychotherapy services.  It also launched Hope Bank, an online support community particularly for frontliners and patients suffering from COVID-19 and other illnesses.   Globe is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as UNSDG No. 3 which ensures healthy lives and promotes well-being for all at all ages.

    For more information about HealthNow, visit https://healthnow.ph/

    GoWiFi provides frontliners with free Internet access this Christmas

    This Yuletide season, GoWiFi shows its support for medical frontliners by giving free unlimited internet access to different hospitals nationwide, providing the hardworking staff the opportunity to connect with loved ones and to stay energized and positive throughout their long days and nights.

    Designed to help the modern-day heroes #StayConnected with their family and friends and bridge physical gaps between them during the holidays, GoWiFi’s free internet access lets them browse social media, check emails, watch videos and download files.

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19 last March, GoWiFi has extended free, fast and reliable WiFi connectivity in hospitals in honor of frontliners and their sacrifices in order to save peoples’ lives. Throughout the holiday season, the joy of strong connections can still be felt in the following hospitals:

    Metro Manila

    Quezon City
    Capitol Medical Center
    Lung Center of the Philippines
    National Kidney and Transplant Institute
    Philippine Heart Center
    St. Luke’s Medical Center
    Veterans Memorial Medical Center
    World Citi Medical Center
    Caritas Health Shield Inc.
    National Government Center

    Caloocan City
    Caloocan City Medical Center
    Jose N Rodriguez Memorial Hospital

    Las Piñas
    Las Piñas Doctors Hospital

    Makati City
    Ospital Ng Makati

    Manila City
    Chinese General Hospital
    Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center
    Manila Doctors Hospital
    Metropolitan Medical Center
    Ospital ng Maynila
    Ospital ng Sampaloc
    Ospital ng Tondo
    Philippine General Hospital
    Qualimed Manila – PGH area
    San Lazaro Hospital
    Santa Ana Hospital
    Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. – Quezon Institute
    Quirino Memorial Medical Center

    Ospital ng Parañaque District 1
    Ospital ng Parañaque District 2

    Pasig City
    Pasig City General Hospital
    Rizal Medical Center
    The Medical City

    San Juan City
    Cardinal Santos Hospital
    San Juan Medical Center

    Taguig City
    Manila Naval Hospital
    St. Luke’s Medical Center

    North Luzon
    Bataan St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center Corp.
    Benguet General Hospital
    Rugay General Hospita
    QualiMed Hospital Altaraza
    Mendoza General Hospital
    Ilocos Sur
    Gov. Roque Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital
    Gabriela Silang General Hospital
    Quirino Stadium

    Isabela United Doctors Med Center

    South Luzon

    Lipa City District Hospital
    Lipa Medix Medical Center
    Mary Mediatrix Medical Center
    San Antonio Medical Center
    Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center

    EAC Medical Center Cavite

    HealthServ Los Banos Medical Center
    San Pablo Medical Center
    QualiMed Hospital Nuvali
    The Medical City South Luzon

    Medina Medical Center

    Cam Sur
    NICC Doctors Hospital


    Ramiro Community Hospital

    Cebu City Medical Center
    Cebu Community Hospital
    Cebu Doctors Hospital
    Chong Hua Hospital Mandaue
    The Doctor’s Hospital-Visayas

    Capiz Emmanuel Hospital

    Medicus Medical Center
    QualiMed Hospital Iloilo
    The Medical City Iloilo
    West Visayas State University Medical Center (WVSU Hospital)

    Holy Child Hospital


    MJ Santos Hospital

    Davao Doctors Hospital
    Davao Limso Hospital
    Davao Medical Center (Southern Philippines Medical Center)
    Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc.
    San Pedro Hospital
    Davao Health City Office

    Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital Inc.
    Polymedic Velez

    Socsargen County Hospital

    Zamboanga City
    West Metro Medical Center

    Free GoWiFi is open to all users with WiFi-enabled devices, regardless of network service provider (local or while roaming in the Philippines). To connect to free GoWiFi, just open the Wi-Fi-enabled device’s WiFi settings and connect to the “@FreeGoWiFi” hotspot, register, choose from the different WiFi package and start surfing.

    For more information, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/gowifi.html.