You Are Not Alone – DOH launches HOPELINE

hope-2Remember, you are not alone.

In times of sadness or depression, find strength by reaching out for help.  Call the DOH Hopeline (02) 804-HOPE (804-4673) or 0917-558-HOPE (0917-5584673) or 2919 toll free for Globe and TM subscribers.

The HOPELINE project is an initiative of the Department of Health to provide phone-based counselling services available 24/7 to anyone experiencing crisis and depression.  A trained psychologist or psychiatrist will respond and provide professional aid to those in need.

In 2012, an estimated 2,558 Filipino lives were lost to suicide.  There is not only loss of life, but also a ripple effect for those who have been bereaved or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her life.  Unfortunately, in our country there remains to be a lot of stigma attached to mental health and suicide.

Having suicidal thoughts is nothing to be ashamed of.  No one is to be blamed for that.  We all go through various challenges in life – losing a loved one, battling an illness, financial crisis and many more.  Remember, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.  Never give up.  Have Faith – things will get better as you take it one step at a time, one day at a time.  Reach out to friends, family, mentors and loved ones for support.  Call the HOPELINE if you feel your back is against the wall.  There will always be someone who cares; someone who will listen and guide you.

Together, we can help prevent suicide.  Last September 10, 2016 we celebrated World Suicide Prevention Day with the theme – “Connect, communicate and care”.  Let’s do just that – make everyone feel connected, not alone; communicate with kindness and compassion; and show people that we care about their lives.

Remember, you are not alone.


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Article by Fatima C. Alba, MD



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