DOH extends help to the depressed via new hotline

  • DOH launches hotline project that seeks to support people who are depressed
  • It likewise aimed to extend helping hands to those undergoing thoughts of self-destruction
  • Dubbed “HOPELINE Project” is a phone-based counseling service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • It is run by the DOH in partnership with the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation and the National Center for Mental Health, and sponsored by Globe Telecom

Those who are depressed and are dealing with mental anguish are now assured of helping hands via “HOPELINE Project.”

Launched by the Department of Health (DOH), the national suicide prevention hotline is aimed to help Filipinos who are suffering from depression, and are thinking of taking their own lives, an article published by ABS-CBN News mentioned.

The hotline is a phone-based counseling service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week which is run by the DOH in partnership with the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation and the National Center for Mental Health, and sponsored by Globe Telecom.

As such, HOPELINE can be called through the following numbers: Landline – (02) 804-HOPE (4673), Mobile – 0917-558-HOPE (4673), and 2919 (toll-free for all Globe and TM subscribers).

In a statement, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial said the agency is optimistic that it can fully implement the hotline project to address mental health issues in a very innovative way.

As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), many suicides happen impulsively, and many factors can contribute to it such as social, psychological, cultural, and other factors. However, social stigma attached to mental disorders and suicide, often prevent people from seeking help.

The DOH hope to address the menace as it encourages people to seek help by using the hotline.

Based on statistics, Philippines ranks 150 out of 170 countries included in a report by the WHO on suicide prevention.

According to the 2012 data, there is an estimated 2,558 self-inflicted deaths in the Philippines every year; a suicide rate of 2.9 per 100,000.

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