Please help our organization, Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, to realize its aim “bringing depression to light” by reducing the stigma placed on mental illnesses such as depression. It recently launched its Information and Crisis Intervention Center (ICIC) in the hopes of providing immediate assistance to people who experience depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts.
As part of our awareness campaign, we disseminate relevant information about depression and suicide. For one, depression is a real illness just like diabetes or hypertension - only it’s a disease of the mind. It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, social status or intelligence. Being depressed does not equate to being weak. Although the definitive cause of depression is still unknown, several factors are believed to account for it such as biological or genetics, environmental and psychological. Sometimes you can be depressed without knowing the reason why - it just happens. The moment our society recognizes that depression can be treated like the flu or any medical disorder, our quality of life would increase.
Here’s a self-checklist to help you look for signs of depression:
*I am really sad most of the time.
*I don’t enjoy doing the things I’ve always enjoyed doing.
*I don’t sleep well at night and am very restless.
*I am always tired. I find it hard to get out of bed.
*I don’t feel like eating much.
*I feel like eating all the time.
*I have a lot of aches and pains that don’t go away.
*I have little or no sexual energy.
*I find it hard to focus and am very forgetful.
*I get mad at everybody and everything.
*I feel upset and fearful but can’t figure out why.
*I don’t feel like talking to people.
*There isn’t much point to living, nothing good will happen to me.
*I think about death a lot. I even think of killing myself.
Note: A full copy of the information brochure can be downloaded here.
If you or any relative, friend, loved one or even a distressed stranger you know is experiencing these symptoms and would like someone helpful to talk to, all you have to do is pick up the phone (or tell them to pick up their phones) and call our 24-hour ICIC hotlines:
(632) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917-558-HOPE (4673) or (632) 211-4550
0917-852-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-6876
0917-842-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-4084
To learn more about depression and suicide, you may check out our organization’s website at http://ngf-hope.org
A young Filipino who lived off a rubbish dump and slept in an open tomb has won a prestigious children’s award in the Netherlands for his work to improve the rights of his fellow street kids.
Cris “Kesz” Valdez, aged 13, was handed this year’s International Children’s Peace Prize at a glittering ceremony in The Hague on Wednesday, where he received a 100,000 euro ($130,000) prize.
Through his charity, Valdez has handed out more than 5,000 gifts to destitute children that included everyday articles like flip-flops, toys, sweets and clothes, said the KidsRights Foundation, the prize’s initiator.
In all, he has helped some 10,000 children in his area on health, hygiene and children’s rights, the foundation added.
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Impoverished 13 year old has helped 10,000 children. What have I done with my life??
Really inspiring! This strengthens my belief that the youth still have immense potential to uplift our country.