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Colonialism’s Impacts on Philippine Mental Healthcare Infrastructure

Louise Tolentino


Mental health has become such a growing field within the past two decades. There has been some progress on improving access to services as shown in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP). However, global mental health still has a long way to go as it is still under-resourced in terms of mental health services and interventions within low and middle countries (LMICs) such as the Philippines.This may be due to the long extensive history of colonialism in Philippine history, the development of colonial mentality and multiple beliefs stigmatizing mental health. In addition, there are observations on the current Philippine economy and healthcare system, mental health interventions that have worked on other countries, and a hypothetical intervention model if implemented in the Philippines. Thus, this brings a call to action for more mental health policies and resources for there is “no health without mental health.”

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