Depressed or Refreshed: A Dive To Save Lives

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Our deep gratitude goes to Bataan Peninsula State University for inviting NGF to participate in its anti-suicide campaign titled “Depressed or Refreshed: A Dive to Save Lives”.

One of our initiatives as an organization is to conduct depression awareness campaigns in universities and schools across the country so we can increase the awareness of both faculty members and students on depression and other mental health issues.

Thank you once again, Bataan Peninsula State University, for partnering with us in bringing depression to light!

More pictures of the event can be seen here.

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BE THE LIGHT: AN ANTI-SUICIDE CAMPAIGN

Bataan Peninsula State University – Talk on Depression and Suicide

June 15, 2013

Written by Hazel Planco

A single spark can start a spectral fire. As a song goes, “It is better to light just one little candle than to stumble in the dark.”  And this is the same with spreading the light of hope to those who are living in the darkness caused by depression and even worst, suicide. To aspire in educating the future and current health practitioners and the general public in identifying and handling situations that may compromise the health and safety of the community, by gaining the right information and knowledge on what depression and suicide is all about and as a preventive measure would help cut down the increasing rate of incidents involving deaths by suicide.

The Bataan Peninsula  State University ‘s Graduate School  through  the  initiative of  the students from the Master of Arts in Nursing recently held an Anti-Suicide Campaign entitled, Depressed or Refreshed : A Dive to Save Lives in partnership with the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, a Manila-based NGO that  aims to promote awareness on depression  and suicide prevention. The event took place in Lou-Is Restaurant, Balanga City, Bataan from 8am to 5pm last Saturday, June 15, 2013.  One of the country’s most prominent mental health advocate and NGF’s Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Eleanor L. Ronquillo, MD, FPPA, delivered the discussion about the signs, symptoms and triggering factors that can lead to depression and suicidality. She also gave pointers on how to identify the types of depression and their treatments and intervention as well as self-care or coping management strategies that can be employed to address a growing concern for the emotionally distressed.

200 participants composed of undergraduate and graduate school students, educators and counselors from different colleges and universities as well as health workers from different government institutions benefited from the said event. They were also presented with actual real life cases handled by the health professionals to show them that anyone can be at risk and no one is actually exempted from experiencing sadness. If not given proper attention and care, then this may lead to depression or even suicide.

Some of the participants shared their insights after the event. Here are what some of them have to say:

“I learned that most of the population committing suicide are boys and most of the population that get depressed are girls. We should be aware and give importance about the suicide issues here in our country.” – Ella

“I learned that anyone can help other person who wants to commit suicide and what can prevent and what we can do about it.” – Shiela

“As a Psychology student, I’ve learned so many things about depression and the issue of suicide. There  are new ideas that I can add up to what I have right now. – Maria Felissa

“Having normal depression passes sadness, fleeting feelings of being down and even reaction to stresses of the day. Anybody could encounter depression; and that it can be treated.  Depression is just one of the causes of suicide. (Suicide could be caused by Psychosis, depression and paranoia or fear).

“I learned that it is difficult to assess someone having suicidal tendencies but through seminar, I learned how I can help them without judging them.” – another female participant

In light of this event, the Natasha Goulbourn  Foundation also took the opportunity to share its most crucial service, the HOPELINE, a 24/7 crisis line for depression and suicide prevention which also serves as information and crisis intervention center that can be beneficial to those who are in the midst of an unfortunate plight in life. It is a portal to connect with the mental health professionals, institutions and agencies in the Philippines that can help them in terms of different interventions that may be extended to the callers.

We also would like to thank Bataan Peninsula State University Administrator headed by the University President, Mr. Delfin Magpantay,  and Mr. Danilo C. Galicia, Ph.D, Dean, Graduate School for making this event possible.