DOH spokesman Eric Tayag explains that social media is a good way to connect to people, but it also has a negative effect. It causes depression through bashing – that Leni Robredo can attest. Some users are quite affected with it thus, giving them a hard time. Vulnerable individuals must be protected, especially the adolescents.
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Leni Robredo’s Experience
Leni Robredo is one victim of online harassment. She has highlighted accessibility of social media as one easy channel for the emerging difficulties in dealing with cyber attacks against women, like her. Robredo said women that become easy targets of attacks using the internet as the platform for such humiliating attacks.
The DOH announces that they have installed a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline called the Hopeline Project. It could also be used to assess the actual situation in the Philippines. The DOH launched the said project in September 2016 in conjunction with the World Health Organization and the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation. This is to provide a support system for those who are prone to suicidal thoughts.
Initially, it is noted that most of the callers suffer from depression due to failed love life. The hotline received 3,479 calls in 2016 and 605 of the callers showed signs of depression. 496 inquired about depression and suicide. The rest of the 479 callers admitted to experiencing stress and possible depression
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial stressed that everyone should know the telltale signs of depression. It can happen to anyone. Detect depression by looking at a person closely. If he or she is no longer able to do daily tasks, then that’s an obvious sign of depression. If a person who usually takes a bath but stopped all of a sudden, that’s telling family members that he or she is depressed. Ubial said that it is really necessary for family members to be concerned with loved ones – to ensure that help is provided to those who are depressed because they can’t help themselves. The help of a psychiatrist is needed. Those who do not seek medical help despite the symptoms are the crazy ones.