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Death jokes are half meant to be true: Depression leads to suicidal death

  • Gcent Suballa was not bullied, has family and even friends but sadly, he still ended up his life so as to remind all that this could happen to everyone
  • Many had wondered on his sudden death because they didn’t have any idea of the pain that he’s been through
  • A strong network of support is also big help in lessening the burden of a person with depression

Some people might say “I’m okay” but are totally not fine. Some people might look happy but are sad in reality. These are the usual things that happen to a person with depression, and, mostly, denial comes with family and friends.

A Facebook user named Marikit Mariposa posted photos of Gcent Suballa who died because of depression. She also shared her insight about depression, as her caption started with “YES DEPRESSION KILLS!!!”

In her post, she stated that Gcent was not bullied, he has a family and even friends but sadly, he still ended up his life so as to remind all that this could happen to everyone.

HE WAS NOT BULLIED. Sya pa nga yung nambu-bully. HE HAS FAMILY. Kasama pa nga nya sa bahay. HE HAS FRIENDS. Kung tutuusin MADAMI, as in. This (is) just to remind you guys that this can happen to ANYONE!! she wrote.

Many had wondered on his sudden death because they didn’t have any idea of the pain that he’s been through.

“Parang hindi naman sya malungkot.” 

“Ang saya saya nya pa kahapon.” 

“Wala namang signs para gawin nya yun.” 

“Ang masayahin nun sobrang hyper pa nga.”

“Bakit nya nagawa yun? Anong problema nya?”

“Oo, yan yung mga reactions ng mga tao nung nalaman nilang nagawa niya yun sa sarili nya. Nung nag decide syang iwan na yung mundong to. Kasi hindi naman talaga alam ng mga tao sa paligid kung ano yung nararamdam nya sa loob.”

Mariposa’s advice is to be more sensitive and show concern to people who show signs of being troubled or even joke about death. Maybe these people are depressed and need someone to talk to.

“Kaya please lang kung may mga kakilala kayo na may mabigat na dinadala, may mga matitinding problema kahit nga yung maliit lang na problema eh. Yung mga taong sinisisi nila sarili nila. Yung mga may death lines na akala natin lagi JOKE LANG. Please help them. Kausapin nyo sila. Kamustahin nyo sila pa minsan minsan.”

The number of deaths because of depression are increasing and some are denying that they are depressed.

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In an interview with Dr. RJ Naguit, an advocate of mental health, he said that according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM), to diagnose someone with depression, one must have 5 of the 9 symptoms for at least two weeks on most times of the day and most days of the week.

The following symptoms are:
• Depressed mood (subjective or observed)
• Loss of interest or pleasure
• Change in weight or appetite
• Insomnia or hypersomnia
• Psychomotor retardation or agitation (observed)
• Loss of energy or fatigue
• Worthlessness or guilt
• Impaired concentration or indecisiveness
• Thoughts of death or suicidal ideas or suicide attempt

If you happen to experience these symptoms, probably, you are considered to have clinical depression.

Dr. Naguit also said that there are many factors that can cause depressions and he says that it can be a negative life event or can involve genetics.

“Depression is multifactorial. It can be triggered by a negative life event such as a loss of family member or failure but underlying it are chemical imbalances in your brain. Partly, it’s also genetic in nature.”

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In a way to address this problem, he advises seeking professional help so they can have an evaluation and advise on the proper management to be done.

“For those who feel that they are depressed, the best way to address it is to seek professional help so that an evaluation can be made and proper management or referral may be done.”

For some who cannot afford to avail professional services, Dr. Naguit recommends that there are government and non-government institutions who offer minimal cost of service and sometimes DSWD also provides support for medications.


A strong network of support is also big help in lessening the burden of a person with depression.

Written by Rhelyn Harder

An open-minded person who seeks to inspire readers through writing. She believes that having the freedom and courage to express oneself is an opportunity to influence others.

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