Do you know that the second leading cause of death among the youth (15-29 years old) globally, is suicide? That is according to the World Health Organization. To add, depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability for both boys and girls aged 10 to 19. At present, life is lost to suicide every 40 seconds.
The hotline 0917-558HOPE(4673) is just one of the HOPELINE numbers from Natasha Goulbourn Foundation (NGF). HOPELINE is a 24/7 suicide hotline which can provide proper intervention to those who need assistance. Other numbers are 804-HOPE and 2919 (toll free from TM and Globe).
Globe Telecom supports NGF’s campaign as well as the “Hope in 40 Seconds” video competition launched in June by NGF, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing depression to light.
“Globe is a long-time partner of NGF in providing information and communications technology infrastructure for HOPELINE. Being an ICT company, Globe also believes that it is its duty to protect and educate people on the impact of technology. Through the video competition, we hope that we can also prevent young people from taking their lives due to cyber bullying which causes a lot of pressure and stress,” said Fernando Esguerra, Globe Director for Citizenship. Globe currently runs the Digital Thumbprint Program workshops for students to guide them on responsible online behavior and has also forged a partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Philippines and the Ateneo Human Rights Center for the protection of children against online exploitation.
Going back with “Hope in 40 Seconds”, this video competition recently awarded the top 3 best video entries last October 6. The top 3 entries were “Companion” by 21-year old digital artist Vince Serrano who also bagged the Grand Prize and the recipient of people’s Choice Award; “Catch of Hope” by Jason Wei; and “Heartless” by Noel Manao. The awarding ceremony was held at My Cinema in Greenbelt, Makati in observance of the National Mental Health Awareness Month.
“We received a number of exceptional submissions but Companion stood out among them with its very clear message of desperation and hope. Through this video which will be distributed via social media and select Ayala Cinemas, we are confident that we can reach out to more people and provide proper intervention to those who need assistance,” said Jean Goulbourn, President of NGF.
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