Worshippers stand far apart from one another as they take part in Sunday service at a church in the Philippines. The pandemic has seen many Filipinos turn to their faith to cope, but mental illness is still seen by some in the community to reflect a lack of religious devotion. Photo: Getty Images
Worshippers stand far apart from one another as they take part in Sunday service at a church in the Philippines. The pandemic has seen many Filipinos turn to their faith to cope, but mental illness is still seen by some in the community to reflect a lack of religious devotion. Photo: Getty Images
Wellness

Surge in Philippines pandemic suicides shines light on mental health issues, which continue to be stigmatised in the country

  • Suicides prompted calls for church leaders to provide guidance as people in the deeply religious country turn to their faith to deal with the pandemic crisis
  • Some Filipinos view mental illness as a lack of faith and mental illness continues to be stigmatised, despite the introduction of a mental health law in 2018

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Worshippers stand far apart from one another as they take part in Sunday service at a church in the Philippines. The pandemic has seen many Filipinos turn to their faith to cope, but mental illness is still seen by some in the community to reflect a lack of religious devotion. Photo: Getty Images
Worshippers stand far apart from one another as they take part in Sunday service at a church in the Philippines. The pandemic has seen many Filipinos turn to their faith to cope, but mental illness is still seen by some in the community to reflect a lack of religious devotion. Photo: Getty Images
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