DOH, USAID launch PH’s first self-care and mental health app

Has your mental health taken a dip amid the pandemic? Well, you are not alone. In order to help more Filipinos, the Department of Health, in collaboration with USAID RenewHealth, launched “Lusog-Isip,” the first mobile app for self-care and mental health culturally adapted for Filipinos.

According to, Lusog-Isip uses evidence-based tools and interventions. It was created in response to the Filipinos’ growing need for mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic where face-to-face interventions weren’t allowed.

What makes this particular app unique is that this one is developed specifically for the Philippine setting. The app will provide users with information about their overall well-being and how they cope with everyday life. This will also provide access to workbooks, audio-video guides, journaling, and other tools to help users through times of stress.

“The WHO has long espoused the importance of investing in self-care as an essential element of any mental health system,” shared Dr. Ho. “And so, Lusog-Isip is a timely innovation during a time when delivery of direct mental health services has become challenging.’

Dr. Ho explained that the app was developed in order to fulfill three critical outcomes of the National Mental Health Agenda:

  • Improved mental health information system
  • Strengthened leadership and governance by harnessing and enhancing digital technology
  • Providing Filipinos with accessible, affordable, and holistic mental health interventions that are evidence-based and culturally appropriate.

“As emphasized by WHO, self-care is meant to work closely with the entire health system,” stressed Dr. Ho. “Thus, Lusog-Isip also enhances access to mental health and mental and psychosocial support service providers through a referral network available through the app.

Now more than ever, it’s important to put self-care first. The Lusog-Isip app is available on App Store, but it will soon be available on PlayStore.

Art Macky Arquilla

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