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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Pulumbarit

Help save a life, support #WorldSuicidePreventionDay

September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), dedicated to averting suicides and suicidal behavior.

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WSPD is a joint endeavor of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).

According to IASP, "Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages.  It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds."

Prof. Murad Khan, President of IASP, encourages people to reach out to others especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with someone in your community-- a family member, friend, colleague or even a stranger. Reaching out could change the course of another’s life," he said.

Self-test for depression

The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation has a self-test for those who may be feeling depressed. The test includes statements such as: "I am really sad most of the time;" "I don’t sleep well at night and am very restless;" "I am always tired. I find it hard to get out of bed," among others.

People who related to many of the statements are encouraged to call a doctor to determine if he or she is suffering from depression.

Meanwhile, the foundation encourages everyone in emotional crisis in the Philippines and need of immediate assistance to contact the 24/7 HOPELINE at:

(02) 804-HOPE (4673)

0917 558 HOPE (4673)

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

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