Some people don't like to use the word, "mental health" or "mental" because then it makes us feel like we're sick, but I think that if we imagine, we focus on the word "wellness" and then we focus on the word "healing," we really find ourselves knowing that it's in our history, it's in our herstory, it's in our blood, and we've been doing this for generations. We've been healing ourselves, we've been healing each other.
(Allyson Tintianco-Cubales, Usap Tayo! Participant 2018)
FMHI-SF does not offer on-site or remote clinical counseling services at the moment.
If you or someone you care about is in crisis and needs immediate support, please call the San Francisco Suicide Lifeline at (415) 781-0500 or text MYLIFE to 741741. Trained and experienced counselors are available FREE of charge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
There are many tools available to support one's mental health and wellness journey; including talk therapy, affinity groups, individual and community-centered wellness plans, medication, and more. The Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco is committed to providing a range of preventative and promotive wellness services to support the diverse needs of our community. We understand many factors (socioeconomic status, health history, accessibility, etc.) can have an effect on our mental health and acknowledge the specific linguistic and cultural needs of the Filipinx American community.
Below is a digital library of resource guides to direct individuals and families to access mental health and social services in San Francisco. Feel free to contact us with suggested resources to add to this page.
RAMS Peer Wellness Center Program-coordinator, Miguel, advocates for his community to be brave and speak on Mental Health. (Usap Tayo! Mental Health Awareness Campaign, 2017. Video produced by Sine68).