Did you know that depression continues to be a leading cause of ill health and disability among many countries around the world. Many people think that depression is not an illness but just a negative feeling that one eventually snaps out of but in fact, it is one of the leading causes of suicide.
Just to give you a better idea, based on data from the DOH and the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people are currently undergoing depression, up by more than 18 percent from 2005 to 2015. In the Philippines, an estimated 3.3 million Filipinos are suffering from depression. Only 1 out of 3 who suffer from depression will seek the help of a specialist and one third will not even be aware of their condition.
It is, in my opinion, one of the most concerning things that we should do something about with utmost urgence and importance. That’s why I’d like to tell you about Globe Telecom’s continued support to the Department of Health (DOH) in promoting mental health awareness in the Philippines. In its pursuit to provide a platform for a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline, toll-free Hopeline 2919 was built with the support of Globe providing the necessary technology for it.