MANILA - The health department appealed to the public to refrain from sharing the tragic video of Razorback drummer Brian Velasco.
In a statement released Thursday, the Department of Health (DOH) extended its condolences to the family of Velasco, who died in an apparent suicide Wednesday morning.
"We are aware of the video going around the internet of his suicidal act. We request for the public to stop sharing this tragic video and respect the family who are still grieving and in pain due to this unfortunate event," the health department said.
According to the DOH, 3.3 million Filipino suffer from depressive disorders. Suicide rates in the country are at 2.5 males and 1.7 females per 100,000.
"We need to start talking about depression to end the stigma surrounding mental health because when left unattended, it can lead to suicide," DOH said.
Data from the World Health Organization show that 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, making it the second leading cause of death in 15 to 29 year olds.
Those who need help may call the 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention hotline at (02) 804-4673 and 0917-5584673.
They can also send a message to 2919 for Globe and TM subscribers.
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:
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917 558 HOPE (4673)
2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers)