A 63-year-old man was found dead while hanging from a water tank in Panglao town in an apparent suicide.
Corporal Morris Estoroso of the Panglao Police Station said the lifeless body of Joseph Cabangbang was discovered by the owner of the house where he was working as caretaker in Barangay Doljo on Wednesday afternoon.
“Ang tag-iya mismo sa bay pag uli niya nakakita sa patayng lawas sa water tank mao ni tawag dayon siya sa awtoridad,” said Estoroso.
According to Estoroso, Cabangbang was last seen alive by his cousin Myrna Ayop who he asked to accompany him to a church.
Ayop told authorities that Cabangbang went to church to confess to a priest at around 4 p.m. on the same day he was found dead.
Estoroso added that Cabangbang was no longer taken to a hospital as he was declared dead on the spot.
Authorities also did not find any indications of foul play behind his death.
In 2019, local psychologists, psychiatrists and other health professionals banded together to establish Pagpakabuhi (Paghatag og Pagtagad sa Kabililhon sa Kinabuhi), a center in Baclayon which offers intervention to those with mental health issues and suicidal tendencies.
Pagpakabuhi can be contacted through 09326664050 for Sun subscribers, 09214894582 and 09214876815 for Smart subscribers, and 09568249997 and 09266112776 for Globe subscribers.
According to Chronicle columnist and psychologist Kit Balane, family members should show support to those in distress or those showing signs of despair or depression.
Balane cited multiple reasons that could drive individuals to take their own lives including feelings of hopelessness and despair.
“Ang uban naa ni silay psychiatric illness. Ika duha, kining sense of hopelessness. Siguro naa siya’y gihambin na sakit…na para niya, kung ipadayon ni, lisod na g’yud kaayo. Di na niya maantos, so ang escape ra g’yud ang suicide,” Balane said.
However, Balane noted that there have been instances when people committed suicide without showing any signs of problems or possible causes for taking their own lives.
“Although mao niy uban reasons na ang taw maghikog, naa g’yuy ubang mga taw na wa ta mag-expect. Kana bang kamao sila mo-mask sa ilahang gi-bati na kalisod inside,” he said.
Balane admitted that addressing mental health issues could be costly in the Philippines.
He expressed hope that the implementation of the Mental Health Law, which would provide affordable and accessible mental health services for Filipinos, would be expedited.
“Ang lain rason pud, long-term relationship issues. Sa bana o asawa ba kaha, sa ginikanan or sa romantic relationship. Naa puy uban na involved na lain party, para pud makapanimaws,” he added. (AD)