MANILA -- Hayden Kho opened up about his experience with depression and how he overcame suicidal thoughts, in the hope that speaking out will help others address their own mental health.
In a video uploaded by Pastor Peter Tan-Chi of Christ's Commission Fellowship, the celebrity doctor said that being molested twice when he was young, the pressures of maintaining a perfect image, and issues with drugs and alcohol had all contributed to him considering taking his own life, or "opt out," in the past.
He said: "At the end of the day, all those experiences when you're alone in bed at night, you think, 'What a miserable life I have.'"
He also agreed that the suicidal thoughts that came to him were from the "devil," saying: "You kinda fall in love with the idea that 'I am sad and I am a victim,' and you know, I can just opt out."
Kho then detailed how renewing his faith, the importance of having good people around him, and setting aside time for prayers and worship have helped him move forward.
You can check out the full video below:
As the video went up, Kho posted on his social media that he decided to get candid about his experience to help others, writing: "If you know someone who may be helped by this, please share this video with them. There’s a way out of depression and suicide."
A group in the Philippines is dedicated to addressing those who have suicidal tendencies.
The crisis hotlines of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation aim to make these individuals feel that someone is ready to listen to them.
These are their hotline numbers:
Information and Crisis Intervention Center
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917-558-HOPE (4673) or (632) 211-4550
0917-852-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-6876
0917-842-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-4084
In Touch Crisis Lines:
0917-572-HOPE or (632) 211-1305
(02) 893-7606 (24/7)
(02) 893-7603 (Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm)
Globe (63917) 800.1123 or (632) 506.7314
Sun (63922) 893.8944 or (632) 346.8776