Combating mental health in the Philippines

HONOLULU — During a recent trip to the Philippines, mental health experts from Pampanga approached Dr. Christian Gloria for help with a 2-year project called “Mental Health Across Ages: Identifying Issues and Trends,” hoping to tap his expertise in collecting data on public health.

Gloria, an associate professor of public health at Hawaii Pacific University on Oahu, says that data on mental health in the Philippines is lacking.

According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, there were over 2,500 cases of suicide due to mental health problems in the Philippines —  with the number being possibly higher, considering unreported cases.

Gloria also mentioned a 2018 article from the Manila Bulletin that pegged the Philippines as having the highest number of depressed people in Southeast Asia.

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