LIFESTYLE: September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10, 2019 Shaina Dulay
#WorldSuicidePreventionDay is a trending hashtag started by people who are committed to helping their loved ones going through a tough time!
On social media websites such as Twitter, you can see a lot of people sharing positive encouraging messages today. What’s also beautiful is that through the hashtag #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, different faces are sharing their own stories. These are people who were almost on the verge of their darkest moment.
It is because today’s date, September 10, is a day dedicated for awareness about the prevention of suicide. World Suicide Prevention Day was an initiative by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).
International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)
Aiming to reduce the stigma around mental health, different organizations around the world are also participating in the discourse. By sharing their own thoughts regarding the problem of high suicide and suicide attempt rates, more people are being educated.
Here in the country, Twitter is pairing with Crisis Line PH and social media advocacy group Mental Health PH to raise awareness on the issues of suicide. Everyone might not be using the blue bird app, but starting more conversations on #WorldSuicidePreventionDay is an important thing. It helps us become more informed, and we could relay this information to the people we know.
Here are some of the important things that we have learned:
- Know what you can do for others. If you think they have the tendency to commit suicide, reach out to them and lend an ear and a shoulder to cry on.
- You may not fully be able to empathize with them, but understand what they are going through. We all have different personalities and different problems.
- Give them more reasons to choose life.
- Make them feel heard and that they’re not alone.
- There are a lot of accessible resources that will help address problems regarding mental health. You can check them out below.
Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines
The list below is compiled by Mental Health PH. It is a database which includes hospitals and clinics that offer psych services in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Moreover, here are some of the online support groups and communities that you could check out and join.
- Mental Health PH
- Mental Health Matters by Kylie Verzosa
- Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines
- Social Anxiety Support Philippines
Meanwhile, Manila Lifeline Centre supports the suicide hotline for the Philippines. You can contact them here:
Hotline: (02) 8969191
Mobile phone: 0917 854 9191
Today, at 7-8pm, Mental Health PH will be having a tweet chat with the hashtag #UsapTayo to further engage more Filipinos in the movement. The topic will revolve around the role of the SELF or the INDIVIDUAL in suicide prevention. Don’t hesitate to join the conversation!
We want you to know that you are worth it and you are loved. We may not know you personally but we at U Do U PH are rooting for you!