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Poe fights suicide

Sen. Grace Poe sought yesterday the creation of a suicide prevention program as the suicide rate among Filipinos has gone up in the last 21 years with majority of cases involving young people aged 24 years old and below.

The suicide prevention program is aimed at providing help units for people suffering from depression and those who want to “opt out of life,’’ Poe said.

As a result, the lady senator has filed Senate Resolution 257 urging the Senate committee on heal th and demography to conduct a study, in aid of legislation, on the relatively high rates of suicide and depression cases in the country toward formulating a focused suicide prevention program.

A high profile case of suicide was that of former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes who allegedly shot himself at a Marikina City cemetery after he was linked to an AFP financial mess.

Poe pointed out that many people in the Philippines still think that depression is not an illness, but something that one eventually snaps out of, and that’s the reason why so many people who are suffering from depression feel embarrassed to seek help.

She cited National Statistics Office (NSO) records which indicate that the suicide rate from 1984 to 2005 went up from 0.46 to seven out of every 200,000 men, while the incident rate for women jumped from 0.24 to two for every 200,000 women. (Mario Casayuran)

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