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Annually, we observe September 10 as the World Suicide Prevention Day, this to raise awareness about this deadly issue. 

Based on the recent report of the World Health Organization (WHO), annually, 700,00 people across the globe die to suicide, and the most alarming is, it is also the fourth leading cause of death among Gen Z. 

“Every year 703 000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind,” the report says. “Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the fourth leading cause of death among 15 to 29 year-olds globally in 2019.”

And suicide knows no boundary. Both wealthy and the poor people, especially those who are battling depression and other mental disorders are susceptible to it. 

“Suicide does not just occur in high-income countries, but is a global phenomenon in all regions of the world. In fact, over 77 percent of global suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2019,” WHO says. “While the link between suicide and mental disorders (in particular, depression and alcohol use disorders) is well established in high-income countries, many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis with a breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses, such as financial problems, relationship break-up or chronic pain and illness.”

What can you do?

If you’re feeling down and looking for someone to talk to outside your immediate circle, there are lots of organizations you can depend on. 

Here are the orgs you call anytime. 

  • DOH-NMHC: 0917 899-8727 or 1553
  • In Touch Philippines: +63 2  893 7603 (Landline)/ 0917 800 1123 (Globe)/0922 893 8944 (Sun)
  • Philippine Red Cross – 24/7 suicide prevention hotline, toll-free HOPELINE 2919 (for Globe & TM Subscribers)/ 091 7558 4673  or  8044673 
  • Manila Lifeline Centre:  (02) 8969191/0917 854 9191

In times you feel like drowning, please don’t forget that you are not alone and there are people who care for you. 

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