MANILA, Philippines – Former PBA star Mac Cardona, known as "Captain Hook" inside the court, finally revealed why he attempted to take his own life back in August 2016.
Appearing on "Rated K" on Sunday night, Cardona revealed that long before his suicide attempt, his ex-girlfriend Bianca Jackes noticed that something was "really wrong" with him and urged him to visit a psychiatrist.
"Ginawa naman namin 'yun," Cardona said. "'Yun nga – na-diagnose ako na bipolar ako."
Cardona had a hard time adjusting to the drugs prescribed to him. "Nakaka-antok po kasi 'yung medicine na binibigay sa amin," he admitted. "Lazy ka lang, mahina ang katawan mo. Nanlalambot ka, ganoon."
Until one day, she left him.
"Nagulat po ako na umalis siya sa bahay na dala niya ang mga gamit niya. Kino-convince ko siya na bumalik sa bahay pero ayaw na niya,” he shared.
The 35-year-old Cardona then confessed that excessive depression led him to try to take his own life.
The former De La Salle University stalwart added that his depression was also partly caused by basketball.
"Na-depressed din ako sa basketball kasi hindi na ako nagagamit, and then nakita ko 'yung gamot ko. Then tinake ko lahat, more than 100 po siguro, ma'am. Kasi lumaki ako na broken family din, ayaw kong masira yung family ko," Cardona told host Korina Sanchez.
Cardona overdosed on pills on August 21, and had to be rushed to the University of Perpetual Help Hospital in Las Pinas.
Upon waking up, it was Jackes that Cardona first saw. When his young children went to the hospital to visit him, the basketball player became emotional and began questioning his actions.
A year has since passed, and Cardona is now back on his feet, taking things one step at a time. In a bid to resurrect his basketball career, he saw action for Zark's Burger in the PBA D-League, and recently tried out for the GlobalPort Batang Pier.
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 those 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, 9am-5pm)
Globe (63917) 800.1123 or (632) 506.7314
Sun (63922) 893.8944 or (632) 346.8776
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