Strong support system, connectedness may intervene with suicidal thoughts

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines — A strong support system, and a sense of connectedness may “intervene thoughts of suicide”.

This was what registered psychologist Dr. Marijoy Gaduyon recommended as police reports this week reveal three separate incidents of suicide in Negros Occidental, all males.

Coincidentally, all three happened while an Enhanced Community Quarantine is in full sway.

Gaduyon, however, said it is “dangerous” to make a sweeping statement about suicides since each case should be treated uniquely. 

“Coping mechanisms differ from every person, that is why there is a need to check on each other, to connect, to see purpose as we are experiencing such difficulty,” she said.

Several factors could contribute to suicide, and not necessarily just isolation, although isolation may aggravate feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. Contributing factors could be mental health, or a feeling of hopelessness.

“We must first see the condition of such cases, as mental health issues may already exist and that these anxiety-provoking conditions may trigger [suicidal] thoughts,” she said.

A strong support system is really important, she emphasized, “as even those without mental health issues may feel anxious, sad, and uncertain during these times,” Gaduyon added.

For those undergoing emotional and mental health crisis, please call:

NCMH CRISIS HOTLINE:

0917 899 8727 (USAP) and (02) 989 8727 (USAP). Hotlines are operated 24/7.

The Natasha Gouldbourn Foundation also has the following numbers for those experiencing emotional and mental health crisis:

(02) 804-HOPE (4673)

0917 558 HOPE (4673)

2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers)

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