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The National Center for Mental Health (Filipino: Pambansang Sentro ng Pangkaisipang Kalusugan), is a 4200-bed psychiatric hospital occupying 47 hectares of land in the city of Mandaluyong.[1] It is PhilHealth-accredited.

National Center for Mental Health
National Center for Mental Health (NCMH).svg
Location9 de Febrero st. Mauway, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines
Emergency departmentYes
ListsHospitals in Philippines


Formerly known as the Insular Psychopathic Hospital, the Mandaluyong Mental Hospital, and the National Mental Hospital,[2] was established on 17 December 1928. It was founded in order to accommodate the increasing number of mental patients and other patients with related nervous system conditions who, in 1925, were being taken cared of by two hospitals, namely the San Lazaro Hospital (in its "Insane Department") and the City Sanitarium in the Philippines.[3]

The insane asylum hospital was built under Philippine Public Works Act No. 3258 at a 64 hectare location in Barrio Mauway, Mandaluyong, Rizal near the City of Manila. Patients from the San Lazaro Hospital were transferred to the National Center for Mental Health in 1928. Patients from the City Sanitarium were transferred in 1935. The National Center for Mental Health is currently under the Department of Health of the Philippines.[2][3]

With the increasing number of patients being admitted, the center has resorted to soliciting donations from private sectors.[1]


There was a controversy at the center in 2012 because of the unexpected death of a patient named Randy Carreon. Carreon was confined in the hospital since 1998 due to paranoid schizophrenia attributed to drug abuse. The National Bureau of Investigation got involved, but the questioned remained whether the death was a medico-legal or homicide case.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Shahani, Lila (18 March 2014). "Breaking stigma: The question of mental health reform". GMA News Online. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) (Mandaluyong City)". Wikimapia. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b "National Center for Mental Health: History". National Center for Mental Health. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  4. ^ Calleja, Niña (4 February 2012). "Death at the Mental Hospital". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 16 December 2013.

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