Yolo: On men­tal break­down

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Last Jan­uary 6 of this year, an­other sui­cide in­ci­dent hap­pened in Gaisano Mall of Davao. For­tu­nately, the per­son was saved by the boxes of cloth­ing piled in the area where he was sup­posed to fall.

The in­ci­dent al­ready hap­pened four times in the mall since 2014. It has been re­ported that what driven these in­di­vid­u­als to com­mit sui­cide was due to per­sonal and fam­ily prob­lems, a cause of de­pres­sion.

De­pres­sion is a men­tal con­di­tion of ex­treme and pro­longed sad­ness or feel­ing of self-worth­less­ness that may lead to end­ing one’s life, if not cured. Sci­en­tif­i­cally, this can be trig­gered with cer­tain life events. De­pres­sion is also caused by a de­crease in sero­tonin. The de­crease of such hor­mone will re­sult to ob­serv­able symp­toms like loss of in­ter­est in ac­tiv­i­ties that you en­joyed be­fore, con­tain­ing one’s self in a cer­tain room, changes in ap­petite and sleep pat­terns, easy loss of tem­per, and with­drawal from friends and fam­ily.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) data as of March 2018, 300 mil­lion peo­ple of all ages glob­ally suf­fer from de­pres­sion. Of which, closer to 800,000 peo­ple com­mit sui­cide ev­ery year. In ad­di­tion, the 2011 WHO Global School-Based Health Sur­vey re­vealed that in the Philip­pines, 16% of stu­dents be­tween 13 to 15 years old have se­ri­ously con­sid­ered at­tempt­ing sui­cide while 13% have ac­tu­ally at­tempted sui­cide once or more times.

Ad­verse life events, such as poverty, is one of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors for most of the sui­cide among adults. An­other fac­tor is bul­ly­ing, which is prone among teens.

WHO has rec­om­mended ef­fec­tive pre­ven­tive tips to get out of de­pres­sion and avoid sui­cide.

First, if you feel that you may be head­ing to de­pres­sion, talk to some­one that you trust about your feel­ings. You can also talk to God in a prayer. Un­load­ing the bag­gage of your neg­a­tive emo­tions may help lighten you up.

Sec­ond, be aware of per­sis­tent neg­a­tive thoughts and self-crit­i­cism and try to re­place them with pos­i­tive thoughts. Con­grat­u­late your­self on your achieve­ments.

Third, con­tinue do­ing things you have al­ways en­joyed, even when you don’t feel like it. Maybe go­ing for a na­ture ad­ven­ture will do.

Fourth, avoid or re­strict al­co­hol in­take and re­frain from us­ing il­le­gal drugs, these can worsen de­pres­sion.

Lastly, stick to reg­u­lar eat­ing and sleep­ing habits and ex­er­cise reg­u­larly, even if it’s just a short walk. A sound mind comes along with a healthy body.

Don’t fo­get to con­sult from an ex­pert on an­tide­pres­sant med­i­ca­tions.

Al­ways re­mem­ber that our ex­is­tence in this world is tem­po­rary and too short to waste. Live life to the fullest with God above all for you only live once (Yolo).

I keep on men­tion­ing this but it’s the ver­sa­til­ity in terms of com­mu­ni­ca­tion [and] in terms of di­alect that you find here [that makes Davao home]. Maybe we call the Dabawenyos re­silient peo­ple be­cause these are peo­ple who ob­vi­ously had been to so many chal­lenges – we talk about se­cu­rity prob­lems, peace and or­der – but we’re still here and we still be­lieve in Davao and what it has to of­fer. CAP­TAIN RON­ALD GO

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