By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz of Negros Occidental is appealing to Negrenses who may be suffering from depression or having suicidal thoughts not to be afraid to seek help.
Diaz made the statement after the Police Regional Office 6 released new data showing Negros Occidental had 53 suicide cases between January to August of this year.
According to Diaz, persons who may be thinking about taking their own lives or any person who may know someone who may be suffering from severe depression or thinking about suicide can contact the province’s 9-1-1 emergency hotline.
He said the provincial government has programs that give psychological assistance to those who need it, adding those who contact the hotline will be referred to the province’s volunteer doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists.
One of their personnel, working in the Provincial Human Resources Office and specializes in psychology, is also active among the employees checking their well-being from time to time, especially if they need psychological help, guidance or therapy.
Diaz further added they are fully-aware of the Negrenses’ psychological needs during this pandemic as a lot of them may have either lost their loved ones to illness, jobs, or may have reduced them to poverty.
“We are constantly trying to improve in that field so that we can reach out to more people,” Diaz said.
Aside from the province’s 9-1-1 emergency hotline, individuals who want to seek psychological help may also contact the National Center for Mental Health Crisis Hotline at 09663514518./DGB, WDJ