Webinar #22: “Hindi Ko na Kayang Magka-COVID Ulit!: COVID-19 and Suicide”

The University of the Philippines in partnership with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and UP Manila NIH National Telehealt Center in cooperation with UP Manila College of Medicine and UP Philippine General Hospital would like to invite you to join the Fight Against COVID-19!

the very first Online Medicine Grand Rounds in the Philippines
is scheduled EVERY FRIDAY from 12nn to 2pm.
Registration slots are limited, so sign up NOW:  bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar22


Webinar #22:
Hindi Ko na Kayang Magka-COVID Ulit!: COVID-19 and Suicide”
Dr. Angelique Gelvezon
Resident, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
UP Philippine General Hospital
September 18, 2020 (Friday) 12nn


Guest Speaker: Dr. Doris A. Mendoza
Founding Dean, College of Medicine
Adventist University of the Philippines

Discussant: Dr. Anselmo Tronco
Chairman, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UP Philippine General Hospital


Dr. Antonio Miguel L. Dans
Clinical Epidemiologist, UP College of Medicine

Fr. Rolando Agustin
Parish Priest, St. James The Great, Ayala Alabang


Case Capsule: An adult female patient recovers from COVID-19 in a community isolation facility.  Upon discharge from the isolation, a rapid test was performed which yielded positive results for IgG.  She misinterpreted the test to mean that she was re-infected and would need another 14 days of quarantine. Missing her family and contemplating the prospect of isolation for another two weeks, it was as if her future had gone dark.  She could not feel anything. In desperation, she drinks all medicines in her purse, with the intention of ending her life.

Mental health authorities report a dramatic increase in the average daily calls for help related to suicide— since the start of the pandemic. Pandemic-related anxiety can be overwhelming.  Suicide reports due to depression are manifestations of the serious negative mental health effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases has called on the church and faith-based groups to reach out to individuals who are desperate and are losing hope.  Spirituality is an important component of management of COVID-19.

Posted: September 15, 2020 9:58