Suicide incidents in Bohol have been on the rise, according to compiled police reports from September to November 2017.
Individuals as young as 14 years old and as old as 73 years old had ended their lives for various reasons, reports revealed.
As this developed, several netizens have expressed alarm on the upward trend of suicide incidents here.
According to reports, the preferred method of the victims in ending their lives is tying a rope or any other device around the neck leading to asphyxia.
Poisoning and the use of a firearmhave also been used as a method to end one’s life.
Another indication prior to the suicide was the eerie silence and unusual sadness exhibited by the victims.
The victims may have been exhibiting the classic signs of depression and could be the trigger that caused them toquit hoping.
Whenever reports of a person committing a suicide surfaced, netizenswould immediately immediately react to the news and then draw their own conclusion – and Facebook shares quickly multiply.
The latest suicide reported by the police happened in Alicia where a 73-year-old man on Thursday ended his life.
Alfredo Sosoban, a widow, and farmer of barangay Untaga, took his own life. He was living alone following the death of his wife.
He was last seen conversing with his son.
He hanged himself that led to asphyxia. Police are now investigating the matter.
In Sikatuna, on November 10, another septuagenarian ended his life by shooting himself.
The victim was identified as Aldegundo Arabejo, a resident of barangay Can-agong, Sikatuna town.
The wife heard a gunshot from the general direction where her husband was located. She found her husband lifeless with a caliber .38 revolver nearby.
It was reported the victim was suffering from a heart and lung problem, which the wife believed to be the reason why the husband committed suicide.
Perhaps one of the most shocking incidents of suicide reported involved a 14-year-old boy on November 4.
The boy, Clarence (not his real name), apparently killed himself using a rope tied around his neck.
Relatives who discovered his unconscious body tried to revive him and bring him to the hospital. However, their efforts went for naught as the victim has died due to asphyxia.
Police said the incident was consistent with suicide as no indication of foul play or theft was observed.
In Dagohoy town back in October, another teenage female was presumed to have committed suicide using a common household toxic chemical.
The Municipal Health Officer of Dagohoy confirmed the woman died of poisoning due to the toxic substance, known as organophosphates.
The live-in partner said the victim was suffering from depression and an undisclosed illness.
In Trinidad, a 34-year-old man was found hanging and lifeless on a mango tree using a nylon rope.
The victim was identified as one Vicente Avergonzalo.
It was reported by the police that the victim allegedly was suffering a serious illness for five years, which may the reason why he ended his life.
In Tubigon, a 57-year-old man ended his life after he just returned from the hospital.
The man was identified as William Ballon, of barangay Panaytayon, Tubigon.
He was said to be suffering from complications from several diseases prior to his death.
He used a .38 caliber revolver to end his life. The victim’s wife said her husband repeatedly made suicide threats while at the hospital.
In Dauis, a 26-year-old lad committed suicide in barangay Bingag.
Jayson Barantes was seen hanging from a tree.
Prior to the suicide, the victim was noticeably silent and was seen thinking deeply.
He apparently went into depression after his live-in partner left him and went to Manila, reports said.
In Tubigon, back in September, a 26-year-old man committed suicide using a rope.
The victim allegedly was linked to drug use and had a mental disorder.
Reports identified the suspect as Remelyn Gorre, of barangay Centro, Tubigon.
He recently got a prescription for tranquilizers to control his emotions and calm him.
Also in September, in Carmen, a man took his own life by hanging himself to an Ipil-Ipil tree using a rope tied around his neck.
Reports identified the victim as Nilo Lagonoy, 50. It was unclear whether the victim was suffering from any ailment or depression, which could trigger the suicide.
In Loay back in September, a 22-year-old woman was found hanging from the rafters of the kitchen using a rope.
The victim’s lifeless body was found by her live-in partner. The report was silent whether the victim was suffering from any illness or depression prior to the suicide.
By end of August in Tubigon, a certain Floro Canteros reportedly committed suicide and died due to asphyxia.
WHAT IS ASPHYXIA?
Most of the reports regarding suicide feature the word asphyxia.
So, what is asphyxia?
It is a condition where there 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 long period of time may lead to death, which is something those who commit suicide wants to happen.
The body will not 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 clearly 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 on the countryside where counseling on matters such as contemplating to commit suicide is hard to come by.
Dr. Gia Sison told CNN Philippines that no one will ever know if a person is contemplating to commit suicide or not. Yet, if you are sensitive enough, Sison said there are warning signs.
Suicide may seem to be a social deviation, but for people who are desperate, it is a move to address or solve a problem. It may even represent a desire to make things better or to correct what is wrong, said Sison. (Dave S. Albarado)