Benguet Capital Sounds Alarm Over Rising Youth Suicides Amid Depression

Feb 10, 2021

BAGUIO CITY (February 10, 2021) – La Trinidad mayor Romeo Salda

taking cognizance of the alarming rise of suicides in the capital town appealed to his townmates to be a “supportive community” in battling depression many,  especially the youth are going through.

This as, a 13 year old school child in La Trinidad took his own life on February 8, after a supposed painful struggle with his school modules and depression, even enhanced by his feeling of helplessness an not able to go out from their home because of the restrictions.

 Last week, a 14 year-old school child also took his own life in the town.

“I understand the suffering you may be experiencing like helplessness, quarantine fatigue, confusion,  isolation or an  sense of doom and despair,”  the town mayor sympathized, adding,  “but in experiencing these, remember that you are not alone” wrote Salda addressing the youth of La Trinidad.

The mayor being a father to the community said, “the brighter side to being human is the capability of being and doing much, much more.”

Salda further appealed, “amid the daily struggles and the pandemic, they should not lose hope,” as he dissuaded suicide as a solution.

Salda stated that when someone feels like the world is uncool, his or her day is uncool, everyone should remember that the world does not end with a heartache or a frustrating friend or a lousy grade.”  Believe that a day of profound love, laughter and a diploma will soon come,  since it always surely does,” the town mayor said.

He likewise appealed to parents to always communicate with their children and should always find time with their children.  He encouraged the parents “to reach out and know the warning signs and once spotted, they should swiftly act.”

“Let us not allow our present circumstances to dim the prospects of better tomorrow-a brighter tomorrow, for one day it will come,” Salda stressed.

La Trinidad has set up Suicide Prevention hotlines — 09178592657 and 09103436595 – should anyone need help.

Artemio A. Dumlao

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