Senator urges govt to craft suicide prevention program-A A +A
Thursday, October 3, 2013
SENATOR Grace Poe on Thursday batted for a government study aimed at providing help units for people suffering from depression and those with suicidal tendencies.
Poe called for the study by the Senate committee on health and demography in light of growing suicide cases in the Philippines.
"In the Philippines, many people still think that depression is not an illness, but something that one eventually snaps out of, and that’s the reason why so many people who are suffering from depression feel embarrassed to seek help,” said Poe, author of Senate Resolution 257.
Records from the National Statistics Office show the suicide rate from 1984 to 2005 went up from 0.46 to seven out of every 200,000 men and from 0.24 to two for every 200,000 women.
These are conservative figures, Poe said, due to under-reporting. The senator surmised that suicide incidents among family members will likely be reported as deaths from other causes.
Suicide cases in the country were mainly linked to depression, followed by death of a loved one, separation or break up from a relationship, loss of custody of children, loss of job, house and money, terminal illness, chronic physical pain, loss of hope, and those who were victims of violence, rape, physical or verbal assault and serious legal problems.
Meanwhile, non-government organizations in the Philippines have set up different hotlines in an effort to help prevent suicide cases. These are some of the numbers of the different organizations: (632) 804-4673 (804-HOPE), 0917-558-HOPE (4673) or 0917-852-HOPE (4673), 0917-572-HOPE or (632)211-1305, (632) 893-7606 (24/7), (632) 893-7603, 0917-800-1123 or (632) 506-7314, 0922-893-8944 or (632) 346-8776, (632) 525-1743, (632) 525-1881. (Sunnex)