The Baguio Health Council profusely appealed to the public to stop sharing videos of people taking their own lives because it does not help and even spawn more problems. Mental Health Program
Manager Ricky Ducas of the Baguio Health Services Office (CHSO) said this after a CCTV footage of a young girl who jumped from an overpass in the city last Saturday leaked and went viral on social media pages.

The footage was spread by inconsiderate social media users and even went on a national scope.
Ducas said sharing of the video created a damaging impact to the people because watching the video of a person taking his or her own life will affects emotions. He stressed though that although depression, which is one of the common cause of suicide is not contagious, emotional distress is. Days after the video was shared, 10th grader, a female, expired because of severe brain injuries.

Ducas said that right after they have heard about the leaked CCTV footage, the Baguio Health Council convened for an emergency meeting to draw up measures to immediately address the
disturbing matter. He said that they are pushing for a thorough investigation on how and why was the CCTV footage shared to the public. He added that the people responsible for the irresponsible and unethical sharing of the video will be held liable.

The mental health professional revealed that when the video went viral, his mobile phone received a flood calls asking for help and so did their The summit and expo with the theme “Live Healthier, Live Happier, Live Longer’ will be held at the Baguio Convention Center (BCC) starting March 27,
2023 with a pre-summit wellness walk from the Panagbenga Park and ending at the Baguio City
Hall in time for the flag-raising ceremony.

Various activities also include jump role tutorial and competition, Tai Chi demonstrations, phototherapy and amateur photography. A workshop on topics like mental awareness, pain management, Philippine herbs as medicines, holistic energy healing, nutritious plant-based meals, simple meditation and the like, shall be discussed by prominent doctors of integrative medicine during the culminating activity on April 1, 2023 at the BCC.

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