Pinoys are not Suicidal



     Years ago, I had a chance to work as a production researcher in two of the TV production shows of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network. These were Today with Kris and Talk TV.  My first project was about SUICIDE. As a neophyte in the field, I didn’t realize how hard that first assignment was for me.  It was a delicate matter for the victims to talk about because most people who’ve had suicide attempts were hesitant to share their ordeal.

            In the course of my research, I was stunned to find out that there was a significant number of persons with suicidal tendencies and those that have attempted to take their lives.

            According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the Philippines had suicide rates (per 100,000) of  2.5 for men and 1.7 for women as of 1993. Of course, this may sound appalling for Filipinos but the numbers are way too small compared to those in western countries.

            The Philippines has one of the world’s lowest suicide rates.  This is also shown in the 2000 Philippine Health Statistics from the Department of Health (DOH). The DOH reported that only 1.8 per 100,000 people have inflicted harm on themselves. On the other hand, European countries had the highest figures which ranged from 30 to 42 per 100,000.


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