It’s nice to see your old stomping grounds every once in awhile. Even nicer when you still see support flowing in long after leaving the hospital.
PayMaya recently gave back to the frontlines of the National Center for Mental Health. The digital financial services giant gave out 100 Christmas food baskets to the NCMH Crisis Hotline responders and the Emergency Room and Psychiatric Acute Unit staff, which are basically the facilities and wards (called Pavilions) that take the bulk of the stress when calls, admissions and emergency psychiatric needs are concerned.
A bit of a personal background first. Aside from writing for UnGeek for the past 6 years, I was also a mental health psychiatric nurse practitioner at the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) since 2010. I have served the tertiary hospital for more than a decade and though I am not currently rendering my nursing functions there anymore, all the hardships and valuable lessons I have learned, especially during the pandemic I still brought with me with great pride here in the United Kingdom. That hospital has thought me well.
Like mentioned, NCMH is a tertiary facility that caters to clients with various mental health disorders. Established in 1925, it is the biggest mental health facility in South East Asia at least, capping at around 47 hectares of land and with a bed capacity of 4200. The current patient count that NCMH serves is roughly around 3500 which includes chronic and acute patients, as well as out-patients.
Digital financial services leader PayMaya recently paid it forward to the frontlines of the National Center for Mental Health. The company distributed 100 Christmas food baskets to the NCMH Crisis Hotline responders and the Emergency Room and Psychiatric Acute Unit staff.
“Promoting mental health is important, especially among our young people during this pandemic. We are paying it forward to our mental health frontliners who have been helping fight this silent battle. We admire them for bravely dedicating their time and effort to help those suffering from mental health issues,” said Nick Wilwayco, Head of Public Affairs and Communications at PayMaya.
According to NCMH, the average volume of monthly calls they received during the pandemic nearly quadrupled versus pre-pandemic numbers. PayMaya’s gift to NCMH is part of PayMaya’s initiative under the MVP Group’s Tuloy Pa Rin Ang Pasko campaign, which aims to keep the Christmas spirit alive amid the pandemic.
Early this year, NCMH was also a beneficiary of the PayMaya It Forward Flash Donation Drive for COVID-19 frontliners.
Kudos to Paymaya for being another ray of sunshine to our hardworking nurses, doctors, attendants and all the frontlines serving during the pandemic. You rock!
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