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‘Nag-iinarte ka lang’ one of the worst things to say to person with suicidal thoughts – Hontiveros

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Senator Risa Hontiveros has urged the public to listen and help people with suicidal thoughts without judging them.

Hontiveros sought to raise public awareness of the risks of suicide in commemoration of the World Suicide Prevention Day.

“’Nag-iinarte ka lang’ is probably one of the worst things you can say to someone who has confessed to suicidal thoughts,” she tweeted.

“Extend a helping hand, listen or just simply be there. Minsan, having a friend is the difference between life & death to someone. #WorldSuicidePreventionDay,” she added.

She noted that one person dies person dies of suicide every 40 seconds across the world. She said with the signing of the Mental Health law, “we are able to extend a helping hand to those who need it.”

“PLEASE, if you’re suffering, reach out, open up, seek help,” she said.

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