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NCMH celebrates the National Mental Health Week

Written by Tina Guillerme

Monday, 14 October 2013 00:00

The National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) celebrates the National Mental Health week on October 7-12, 2013. Recognizing mental health as an essential component of being healthy, NCMH through its Public Health Unit, has lined up a series of activities to heighten awareness about mental health and mental health issues such as stress, suicide and psychosocial rehabilitation. The theme of this years celebration is Kalusugang Pangkaisapan Tungo sa Maunlad na Sambayanan. NCMHs celebration kicked off on 04 October 2013 with the launching of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program and the game Amazing Race. The Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program of NCMH has been going on for years as part of the therapeutic activities of the patients. Recently, it has been expanded to include additional programs and modules. The Amazing Race is a half day activity open to all NCMH employees. A total of 13 teams from different sections/pavilions o f the Center joined the competition. The winners of the race are:


First place: Pavilion 7 Second place: Pavilion 6 Third place: Pavilion 10 7, 2013, Hataw Exercises was held at Crisostomo Oval after the weekly flag raising activity.


Several lectures were conducted to increase awareness on mental health and mental health issues.

October 7, 2013 How to maintain mental health and Coping with Stress October 8, 2013 Early Detection and Prevention of Suicide Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program (Livelihood) Level III ABCs of Mental Health and EDPS Lectures

The National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) was established thru Public Works Act 3258. It was first known as INSULAR PSYCHOPATIC HOSPITAL, situated on a hilly piece of land in Barrio Mauway, Mandaluyong, Rizal and was formally opened on December 17, 1928. This hospital was later known as the NATIONAL MENTAL HOSPITAL. On November 12, 1986, it was given its present name NATIONAL CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH thru Memorandum Circular No. 48 of the Office of the President. On January 30, 1987, NCMH was categorized as a Special Research Training Center and hospital under Department of Health. Today, NCMH has an authorized bed capacity of 4,200 and a daily average of 3,400 in-patients. It sprawls on a 46.7 hectare compound with a total of 35 Pavilions/Cottages and 52 Wards. The Center has an authorized personnel component of 1,993, consisting of 116 Doctors, 375 Nurses, 655 Nursing Attendants, 651 Administrative Staff and 196 Medical Ancillary Personnel. "Know when to STOP. Everything has limitations."