WHO urging individuals battling mental health problems to seek support from their families

Published June 9, 2018, 6:09 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Analou De Vera

The World Health Organization- Philippines is encouraging individuals who are battling mental health problems to seek support from their families or health professionals.

(photo from Pixabay)
(photo from Pixabay)

According to the WHO, individuals who have depression is experiencing sudden sadness and anxiousness, consumed by negative as well as disturbing ideas, having suicidal thoughts, and that “pain seems overwhelming and unbearable.”

The WHO is urging individuals to talk about their feelings to a trusted family member, friend, or colleague.

“Talk to a professional, such as a doctor, mental health professional, counselor, or social worker,” the WHO said.

“If you think you are in immediate danger of harming yourself, contact the emergency services or a crisis line, or go there directly,” the organization said.

An individual who has mental health condition was also urged to talk to someone from their religious community whom they trust or join a support group.

“Having an episode of self-harm or suicidal thoughts or plans is a sign of severe emotional distress (perhaps as a result of the loss of a loved one, loss of employment, relationship breakup, or experience of violence or abuse. You are not to blame and it can happen to anyone,” the WHO reminded

The organization said that suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals aged 15 to 29; while close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year worldwide.

“If you feel like life is not worth living, reach out for help. You are not alone. Help is available,” the WHO said.

Recently, high-profile personalities like iconic fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain both died of apparent suicide.