The Youth for Mental Health Coalition was formed in 2016 after a meeting of youth organizations from different universities who recognized the need for improved mental health services and increased awareness for mental health in the country. Prior to the meeting, there were continuous reports of suicide cases of university students, increasing number of youth with mental illnesses, and human rights violations of the mentally ill. Mental health services at that time were either unavailable, inaccessible, or unaffordable. This prompted the youth advocates to devise strategies to improve the mental health situation in the country. One strategy identified was to lobby for the passage of a Philippine legislation on mental health.