Understanding suicide, extending help | The Daily Guardian


IF A PERSON has the courage to hang or shoot himself to death, why one doesn’t have the courage to live and face life’s adversities head on?

This question probably linger in one’s mind every time one would hear a news report about a person who committed or attempted suicide, for surely, it takes a lot of courage to choose death over life.

Dr. Candice Magdalane Tupas, who recently ring the alarm bell over cases of suicide in Iloilo City, explained that a person commonly commits suicide due to depression, extreme sadness, and inability to manage problems.

“It happens most of the time in stages. First is suicidal ideation wherein persons imagine committing suicide, and planning how and when to do it. Second, practicing ways to commit suicide like standing on chairs or imagining themselves hanged. Third, the suicide attempt but was saved,” she said.

Tupas called on the public to immediately “reach out and talk to the person with suicidal thoughts” be it a family member or friend.

“Seek psychiatric help or immediately bring to the hospital persons who turn violent or suffer from psychosis (having hallucinations or delusions),” she said.

She encouraged the public to be aware and observant of their kin or their peer.

“I encourage parents or guardians, if they see their kids veering away from the norms or if they notice changes in their behavior, consult a doctor,” she said.

While studies in the US show that suicidal person have pre-existing mental illness, for Pinoys, suicide are committed on impulse or due to relational or family problems.

“These family problems indi man lang ina suicide and mental health problems ang complications. Now, teenagers would resort to teen pregnancy to escape their homes,” she said. Thus, she called on the Ilonggos to build a home that nurtures.

While families may want to keep mental health issues secret for fear of judgment, Tupas stressed that mental health problems cannot be addressed by the family alone. “It needs professional help,” she said.

“Let us not wait for the statistics of youth and adults committing or attempting suicide increase. All of us are going through great stresses. We all have our problems, and we need someone to really listen to us, and someone who knows what to do with certain (mental) problems,” she said.

To help reduce suicide cases in the region, DOH implements Violence and Injuries Prevention Program led by the multi-sectoral Violence and Injuries Prevention Alliance.

If you need someone to talk to, call the 24/7 helpline called Adolescent Health (AH Connect): 09985324047, 09177759256, and 09255469919.

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