In the Philippines, one in five people suffers from a mental health problem. Approximately 17 to 20 percent of 1.4 million adults are afflicted with severe forms of mental illness such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and stimulant-related disorder. The numbers are also staggering for children for there is about 10 to 15 percent of Filipino children, aged 5 to 15, who suffer from mental health problems (Magtubo, 2017). According to the National Statistics Office (NSO), mental health illnesses are the third most common form of morbidity for Filipinos. Conservative estimations revealed that there are nearly 28.48 million who are in need of psychological services (Ignacio, 2017).

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