MANILA — Celebrities were among those who spoke up against making light of mental health issues, as radio host Jobert Sucaldito’s suicide-related remark against actress Nadine Lustre made the rounds online on Wednesday.
On Twitter, #SuicideIsNotAJokeJobert ranked among the top trends in the Philippines, with netizens calling out Sucaldito for the comment he made on his DZMM radio program last Monday.
“Sana tumalon na lang,” he said, referring to a recent Instagram post of Lustre showing her at a balcony of a high-rise building.
Lustre, who has been open about her past struggle with depression, was recently rumored to have separated from her long-time boyfriend James Reid.
Sucaldito claimed that the supposed breakup was a gimmick, before he made the suicide-related remark. He was defending fellow showbiz columnist Ricky Lo, who earlier reported that Reid was “handling the breakup with care” in light of what he referred to as Lustre’s “mental illness.”
On his program, Sucaldito criticized Lustre for supposedly being disrespectful of Lo in her statement denying the report.
Sucaldito has since apologized to Lustre for his on-air tirade. ABS-CBN News, in a separate statement, said it was investigating the inappropriate and insensitive comments of Sucaldito, emphasizing that the organization takes “mental health very seriously.”
Amid the controversy, several celebrities took to Twitter to defend not only Lustre, but those who have mental health struggles. Among them were singer Kiana Valenciano, Lustre’s known close friend, and filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone, who directed Lustre and Reid in two TV series and a movie.
ABS-CBN News anchor Karen Davila similarly shared her opinion, and recalled a past interview with Lustre where she openly talked about her past bout with depression.
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A group in the Philippines is dedicated to addressing those who have suicidal tendencies.
The crisis hotlines of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation aim to make these individuals feel that someone is ready to listen to them.
These are their hotline numbers:
Information and Crisis Intervention Center
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917-558-HOPE (4673) or (632) 211-4550
0917-852-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-6876
0917-842-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-4084
In Touch Crisis Lines:
0917-572-HOPE or (632) 211-1305
(02) 893-7606 (24/7)
(02) 893-7603 (Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm)
Globe (63917) 800.1123 or (632) 506.7314
Sun (63922) 893.8944 or (632) 346.8776