- The Department of Health wants the netizens to stop spreading the video of Brian Velasco’s death
- Many netizens were able to get a copy and upload it online
- DOH also urge the public to start talking about mental health
The Department of Health (DOH) urges the public to stop sharing the video of Razorback’s drummer, Brian Velasco when he took his own life on January 16. KAMI learned that the DOH also want the people to start talking about mental health.
"We are aware of the video going around the internet of his suicidal act. We request for the public to stop sharing this tragic video and respect the family who are still grieving and in pain due to this unfortunate event," DOH said as reported by CNN Philippines.
"We need to start talking about depression to end the stigma around mental health because when left unattended, it can lead to suicide,” they added.
In a report by GMA News, the DOH said that 3.3 million Filipinos suffer from depression.
"In the Philippines, 3.3 million Filipinos suffer from depressive disorders with suicide rates in 2.5 males and 1.7 females per 100,000," DOH said.
There are around 800,000 cases of suicide all over the world yearly according to the World Health Organization.
As previously reported by KAMI, Velasco jumped off from the rooftop of a building and recorded it through Facebook live. Some netizens were able to grab a copy and upload it online to spread it.
KAMI also urge the people to seek help if needed and contact DOH’s 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention hotlines at (02) 804-4673 or 0917-558-4673 or send text messages to 2919 for Globe and TM Subscribers.
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