ROXAS CITY, Capiz – A 13-year-old girl committed suicide by hanging herself inside the room of their house in Barangay Aranguel President Roxas, Capiz.
Rhea (not her real name), was found hanging inside their house Sunday morning.
Police investigation indicated that Rhea’s family noticed that she was problematic and depressed.
Her elder sister and grandmother were worried after she became irritated asked why she went home late.
Last Saturday evening, Rhea was called for dinner but she did not respond. Thinking that she was sleeping, the family did not any more insist.
Reports indicated that schoolmates at the St. Joseph Diocesan School bullied Rhea.
The Department of Health 6 (DOH-6) has repeatedly scored the important of mental health in preventing suicide cases.
World Health Organization (WHO) data showed that globally, one person dies of suicide every 40 seconds or over 800,000 persons every year.
Suicide has been one of the leading causes of death among 15 to 44 years old, and the rate of suicide has alarmingly rose to 60 percent globally in the last 45 years.
Based on the Online National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (ONEISS), Western Visayas posted the third highest number of cases of suicide by hanging in the 3rd quarter and first in the 4th quarter of 2014; first in the 1st and 2nd quarters, and 3rd in the 4thquarter of 2015; and third in 2Q and 4Q of 2016.
The DOH, together with the World Health Organization, and Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, had launched Hopeline, a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline.
Hopeline may be reached at (02) 804-4637; 0917-5584673; and 2919 for Globe and TM subscribers.