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Press Release/ April 15, 2021
 
Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo today encouraged individuals who feels stressed out due to the raging pandemic in the country to reach out and contact the “Kapitbisig Helpline” Facebook page in order to cope with feelings of anxiety and despair.

“Yung fear of contracting the disease, especially when you’re a frontliner, ay nakakadagdag sa nararamdaman mong stress kasama na dito ang mga pagbabago na kailangan mong gawin sa buhay mo gaya ng pag-iingat sa sarili mo para hindi ka mahawa at hindi ka makahawa ng Covid virus.”

“Our movements are restricted and slowed down in support of efforts to contain the spread of the virus. We need to cope with these new realities of life including working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues, it is important that we look after our mental, as well as our physical health,” he emphasized. 
 
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DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo encourages individuals with feelings of stress and anxiety brought about by the pandemic to visit the Kapit Bisig Helpline Facebook page for free psychosocial support and mental health consultation. The online service is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.
The regional office is continuously providing guidance and advice for individuals including health workers, senior citizens, people in isolation in order for them to look after their mental health during this pandemic.
Everyone is encouraged to visit the Kapit Bisig page at https://www.facebook.com/kapit.bisig.helpline from Monday to Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM or you may contact 0916-339-4932 for Globe and 0961-769-5389 for Smart subscribers.
According to Paulina A. Calo, Regional Mental Health Coordinator, the Kapit-Bisig Helpline provides psychological first aid (PFA), Psychological interventions, Psychiatric Consultation and Treatment, and Referral to other health-related services.
“It is facilitated by trained providers of Mental Health Psychosocial Support and Psychological First Aid. The consultation service is free and being handled by top psychologists in the country,” she said. 
 
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DOH-CALABARZON Regional Mental Health Coordinator, Ms. Paulina A. Calo explains the mechanics of the Kapit-Bisig Helpline to a psychology student during an interview held at the regional office.