The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has urged its Bishops to also address the emotional and mental health needs of priests amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
CBCP acting president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called over Veritas his brother Bishops “to also support our priests especially during this pandemic,” noting the suicide cases by clergy members in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, and in Antipolo..
David did not name names but added that priests are not spared from being lonely since they are also human and can experience and suffer mental health issues due to depression, anxiety and trauma.
“Many of them are also very vulnerable; I know some of them feel depressed and very guilty because they cannot go out and they cannot attend to their pastoral duties,” he said.
CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary, Fr. Dan Cancino, earlier said government should also prioritize mental health issues at this time.
The National Center for Mental Health has reportedly been receiving 300 to 400 phone calls per month from people experiencing mental health problems.