Get Discount On Your Mental Health Meds In 3 Easy Ways
by Maria Romero, November 09, 2018 3:13pm
Art by Mark Renacido
Coming out in need of mental health treatment is absurdly viewed as a scourge on people whose sins were beyond redemption for centuries. This taboo has caused sufferers to lurk in the dark. Going through a day is a battle and taking the required medication for it is even harder as it, on most times, breaks banks.
All thanks to the passage of Philippine Mental Health Law, Filipinos can no longer suffer in silence. With this law, we can now have easy access to treatment and consultations and talking about it is also easier. But other than this, did you know that you can have discounts on all your psycho-social needs?
Say hello to a 20% discount on your mental health meds by following these steps shared by a Twitter user:
Also guys if you're clinically diagnosed and your meds are fuckin expensive, go to your local PDAO (sa manila city hall ako since manla resident ako) and go get PWD ID for Psycho Social needs. :)— Luna ðŸŒ™ [K/DA|POP/STARS] (@lunatricxxx) November 8, 2018
Deets and instructions to follow, rt to help someone!!
- Go to your local Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) and apply for a Person’s With Disability identification card for your psycho-social needs. Under Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, PWDs are entitled to have 20% discounts on purchase of medicines.
- Fill up an application form for PWD ID but be sure to secure a copy of your Medical Certificate and Clinical Abstract from your doctor stating the diagnosis and category of your disability, 3 pieces 1x1 ID picture, valid ID, and Barangay Clearance or Certificate.
- Photocopy all the required documents and submit it to your local PDAO and then follow any further instruction of the social worker on that day. And poof! You just have to wait for a while and your ID will be ready.
Mental health is as important as your physical health and it’s high time that we become more open about it. Depression and other mental illnesses may only be in your head, but that doesn’t mean it’s only make-believe. Point being, getting treated is not shameful after all. In fact, it’s the bravest thing you can do for yourself.