Rise in suicide cases in Pangasinan reported
SUICIDE cases in this province have been increasing, with118 already recorded from January 2020 to March 5, 2021.
P/Major Arturo Melchor Jr, public information officer and spokesperson at the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office, said the youngest was a 10-year-old boy from Anda while the oldest was a 71-year-old man from Mapandan town.
In 2020, there were 101 cases were reported and another 17 from January to March 5 this year.
Records show more men committed suicide: Of the 118 cases, five were women, the rest were men.
The top areas in Pangasinan with high suicide cases are Dagupan with 11, San Carlos City (7), Sual (7), Calasiao (6) and Manaoag (5)
Depression was the major cause but the pandemic could have aggravated the victims’ condition due to people’s limited movement on account of community quarantine imposed on towns and cities.
Majority of the victims took their lives by hanging themselves, while three shot themselves.
Melchor appealed to local governments for interventions, especially for high-risk individuals citing the importance of family and multi-social interventions.
He said the women’s desks in police stations are also ready to assist vulnerable people. (Eva Visperas)
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