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Iloilo City Takes Steps to Address Suicide Cases Through Mental Health Awareness and Support

ILOILO CITY – As reports of suicide cases continue to rise in Iloilo City, the local government is intensifying its efforts to provide support and assistance to individuals struggling with mental health issues. The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) is leading the charge, renewing its mental health and resilience project and partnering with mental health professionals, artists, educators, and concerned city officials. (Read: Iloilo City sounds alarm on suicide)

The program, known as “Ginhawa,” emphasizes the importance of mindfulness exercises during challenging times, and is being revitalized to provide response and prevention mechanisms for suicide cases. CDRRMO Officer Donna Magno stated that the response mechanism includes proposing a hotline and a radio program, which would encourage individuals to seek help if they are struggling with mental health issues. The prevention and mitigation mechanism will provide activities for families, peer-to-peer training in schools, and film showings, among others.

The proposed hotline and radio program are crucial steps in addressing mental health issues and reducing the stigma around seeking help. Mental health support systems are essential in communities as they can provide a safe space for individuals to talk about their issues and seek professional help. Suicide can be a difficult and sensitive topic to discuss, and the availability of support systems can help individuals feel less alone and more comfortable in seeking help.

Last year, 28 suicide incidents were reported in Iloilo City, with the majority of cases involving males in their 20s to mid-30s. Local DRRM Officer Eman Palmejar noted that most of the incidents involved personal issues, such as problems with relationships. Palmejar emphasized the importance of addressing mental health issues and providing support to those in need.

Suicide cases can have a significant impact on individuals and communities, highlighting the need for greater awareness and understanding of mental health issues. Mental health awareness and support systems can help individuals and communities cope with the challenges of life, promote well-being, and reduce the incidence of suicide.

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