• Single Mom's Suicide Highlights the Need for Mental Health Awareness

    Kian Shannon Sophie Cañares, 21, leaves behind her two-year-old daughter.
    by F. Valencia .
  • Single Mom's Suicide Highlights the Need for Mental Health Awareness
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  • The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) are investigating the case of Kian Shannon Sophie Cañares—the 21-year-old single mother and student of the University of San Carlos who took her own life in front of her two-year-old daughter.

    "The incident happened on July 3 at their home in Barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City. At that time, Cañares also had an added audience, as she had logged on to Facebook Live," reports SunStar Cebu. She placed her mobile phone on a wooden bench about a meter where she looped an extension wire around her neck and hanged herself.

    The report noted: "CCPO Chief Joel Doria said that the investigation aims to determine if Kian Shannon Sophie Cañares had a traumatic experience before she committed suicide. Doria said that the family requested time and privacy and that they will issue a statement once the victim is laid to rest."

    Doria was quoted as saying, "This is a sensitive case. That's why we are handling this carefully but the truth will come out." He added, "Our investigators are collecting information from friends and relatives who can help us [find out] why she took her own life and [why] she even [livestreamed it via Facebook Live]."

    The footage of Cañares' final moments has been taken down from Facebook.

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    Meanwhile, Dr. Rene Obra, chief of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) Center for Behavioral Sciences, shared with SunStar Cebu that according to Cañares' family, she had attempted to take her own life twice before. "That means that she was high risk," he said.

    Kian's parents were shocked and said they didn't see signs that their daughter was depressed and think there was something wrong with their daughter prior to the incident. "If she has a problem, she usually kept it to herself,” her father Melencio told Cebu Dalhy News in Cebuano.

    "Many of us, Filipinos, are not even sensitive about depression... Oftentimes, we think depression is just based on problems, but we don’t see it as medical condition that needs medical intervention more than just counseling," Msgr. Joseph Tan of the Archdiocese of Cebu told CDN.

    Suicide is a mental health issue. Those who feel they are at risk or know someone who is, must seek professional help ASAP. There's no shame in asking for help.

    Hopeline—a 24/7 hotline that aims to help "any individual who suffers from crisis and depression"—can be reached through the numbers shown below.

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    This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

    * Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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