Suicides strike as mental health issues surface anew

Several suicide cases were filed this week as the issues on helping people with mental health challenges surface anew.

Mental health issues remain a huge challenge to local health authorities. While mitigation efforts have been instituted, like having a facility in Cortes, still the effort is wanting.

Bohol, like most of the places in the country, doesn’t have a suicide prevention hotline. Mental health issues remain at the backburner, but it should be pushed front and center to prevent mental health challenges that may lead to suicides.

Last week, a seaman lost his life after he drank some muriatic acid after he hammered the face of his wife in Anda town.

Modesto Makinano, 60, of Barangay Poblacion, Anda allegedly hammered his wife identified as Jocelyn Makinano, 60 on the face while she was sleeping.

The hit caused a huge gash on the face of the wife.

The husband then went to the comfort room where he presumably drank the muriatic acid.

Reports said the husband also cut his arm using an undetermined sharp object.

Published reports said the couple had regular verbal spats with each other.

In a separate incident, a 29-year-0ld man killed himself after a failed relationship.

The radio report said the victim identified as Cyril Mula arrived in the already dead.

The body of the victim was discovered around 9:45 on Tuesday night inside his room.

His body was hanging from the ceiling and was discovered by his sibling.

Before the suicide, the victim repeatedly shows signs of depression and even posted on social media his desire to take his life.

He even asked his mother to prepare a coffin for him.

The police said there was no evidence of foul play when they made their investigation into the incident.

In another report, thedyTR news reported a man identified as “Ron,” 23, tried to kill himself by ingesting 200 grams of monosodium glutamate (MSG) locally known as vetsin.

It was reported the man tried to kill himself using vetsin after learning his live-in partner left him for another man.

Reports said the victim ingested to large packets of MSG each with each weighing 100 grams.

The victim, luckily, is in a safe condition while recuperating in the hospital.

In a separate incident, a 57-year-old woman in Inabanga was found lifeless hanging from a cacao tree.

The woman was identified as Nena Milla, of barangay Baguhan, Inabanga.

Her body was discovered by her nephew around 10:30 am on Thursday.

It was said the woman was nursing a heart ailment and has been exhibiting signs of depression before the suicide.


The suicides that happened last week, and weeks prior, show a harrowing trend. Most of the victims exhibited signs of depression or trying to overcome maladies driving them to become depressed.

The common mode of suicide seen in most cases is hanging. The attempt to kill one self-using MSG is unique. Other modes used in other cases of suicides either poisoning one’sself or with the use of a firearm.

Depression may have overcome the thoughts of the victims pushing them to the edge and ultimately deciding to end their respective lives.

Asphyxia is the leading cause of death among those who commit suicide.

It is a severe deficiency of oxygen going into the body. The body gets no or little oxygen, translating to death.

Lack of oxygen for a longperiod may lead to death, which is something people who commit suicide want to happen.

The body will not be able to survive without oxygen, and without air for several seconds can lead to horrendous damage to the health.

Without oxygen for a few minutes, the body will start to struggle as cells in the body start to die. The brain will cease to function and is irreversible. In turn, this will lead to a chain of events that may lead to death.


According to CNN Philippines, close to 800,000 die every year and more people attempt to commit suicide.

The World Health Organization in 2017 reported the age-standardized suicide rate for the Philippines is about 5.8 percent in males and 1.9 percent for females. The rate for both sexes is 3.8 percent.

The rate is based on the number of cases affected per sample size of 100,000 people.

According to the WHO fact sheet for 2017, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds, and 78 percent of global suicides occur in low and middle-income countries.

Globally, the most common methods to commit suicide are ingestion of pesticides, hanging, and firearm use.

It is a depressing thought that most of the suicide in the Philippines may have been prevented if there had been proper intervention.

Like most places in the country, Bohol does not have a suicide prevention program,and even the national suicide prevention program has been largely ignored,or most people don’t know such as thing exists.

Back in 2016, the Department of Health, together with the World Health Organization and the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation launched Hopeline, a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline.

However, in July 2017, Rappler, the online news organization, reported that Hopeline has been receiving flaks from netizens for its alleged inaccessibility.

The country needs to bolster its ability to respond to people with depression and low self-esteem that most likely to end up in suicide.

Help is needed more in the countryside where counseling on matters such as contemplating to commit suicide is hard to come by.



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