Issue of September 9, 2018
Mt. Province

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Doctors boost campaign to address depression, suicide
by Pamela Mariz Geminiano / PNA

The Department of Health is going around the city to help residents cope with depression.

“We have been to different schools educating teachers, students, and the youth about the risk factors and how to cope with depression,” said Dr. Catherine Crisostomo of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

Aside from visiting schools, DOH staff members have been providing assistance to people who seek professional help.

“We also conduct lectures together with the different government agencies to let the public know that we are here and ready to provide services,” Crisostomo said.

A 2017 study by the World Health Organization showed that nearly 800,000 people in the world die of suicide yearly, she said.

Suicide is reportedly prevalent among the 15 to 29 age group.

“Every 40 seconds, one person dies because of suicide,” Crisostomo said, adding that 90 percent of these were due to depression.

She added that some signs of depression include excessive working, over thinking, lack of sleep, and sleep disturbance.

Such condition needs to be immediately addressed.

Crisostomo said an average of 20 persons are diagnosed monthly with suicidal tendencies in the Cordillera.

Dr. Nowell Catbagan of BGHMC-Department of Internal Medicine said that in the Cordillera, cases of suicide have shot up by 37.8 percent, mostly involving females.

He said 55.6 percent of people who committed suicide in the region, overdosed on pharmaceutical products while others used pesticides, household, and industrial chemicals.

In July, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Mental Health Act.

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