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:
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 Medical Center
Jose N Rodriguez Memorial Hospital
Las Piñas Doctors Hospital
Ospital Ng Makati
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 General Hospital
Rizal Medical Center
The Medical City
San Juan City
Cardinal Santos Hospital
San Juan Medical Center
Manila Naval Hospital
St. Luke’s Medical Center
Bataan St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center Corp.
Benguet General Hospital
Rugay General Hospita
QualiMed Hospital Altaraza
Mendoza General Hospital
Gov. Roque Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital
Gabriela Silang General Hospital
Isabela United Doctors Med Center
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
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.
Socsargen County Hospital
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.