CHR on Mental Health Day: Offer words of consolation, encouragement daily

The CHR has urged Filipinos to spend at least 40 seconds in a day to offer words of consolation and encouragement to people experiencing mental health issues.

10.10.2019

The CHR has urged Filipinos to spend at least 40 seconds in a day to offer words of consolation and encouragement to people experiencing mental health issues.

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has urged Filipinos to spend at least 40 seconds in a day to offer words of consolation and encouragement to people experiencing mental

“Mental health problems not only affect adults, they also manifest even with younger individuals, with the 2015 World Health Organization Global-school based survey finding that ‘among 8,761 students from Grades 7–9, Year 4 in the Philippines, 11.6% among 13 to 17 year olds considered suicide 16.8% among 13 to 17 year olds attempted suicide,” she explained.

“Despite actions by the government, however, reported cases of depression continues to rise,” De Guia said.

A 2016 study by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that there are 5.2 deaths due to suicide per 100,000 persons in the Philippines, ranked 157 worldwide.

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