LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) recorded 17 suicide incidence in the province from Jan. 1 to March 5 this year.
In an interview on Monday, PPPO information officer Maj. Arturo Melchor II said the figure is 42 percent higher than the 12 reported in the same period last year.
“Majority of the victims are men and the act was done by hanging and the major cause was depression,” he said.
Melchor said the top five cities and towns that recorded suicide incidence are Dagupan City, San Carlos City, Sual, Calasiao, and Manaoag towns.
“We conduct information dissemination, infographic posting on social media, and the police assist the health units of the barangays in their programs,” he added.
Melchor also underscored the importance of family and psychological intervention of the local government units.
“The approach should be multisectoral and the measures should be multidisciplinary. We should all intervene in this,” he said.
The latest incident happened in Basista town Pangasinan on March 5, where a 23-year-old male was found dead in his room in an alleged suicide by hanging himself with a rope.
The victim was allegedly brokenhearted after his girlfriend left him. (PNA)