MANILA — "Your emotions are valid."
These were the words of reassurance of actress Nadine Lustre to those who are struggling with mental health, in a video message in partnership with the organization Mental Health PH.
Lustre, 26, has been open about her past bouts with depression and anxiety, as well as losing her brother to suicide.
"Remember that a lot of people love you, a lot of people care about you," she said in the video released on Wednesday.
"Whatever it is that you are going through, always remember that you are going to get through it, no matter what. Just don't lose hope," she said.
Lustre first revealed going through depression in 2017. At the time, she said she relied on her loved ones to pull through, and emphasized the need to be open and to seek help.
She echoed the same advice in her message on Wednesday.
"All the feelings that you have, all the emotions that you're feeling, those are all valid. Don't be ashamed of it," Lustre said.
"If you want to talk about something, talk about it with someone who you really trust. It's good to let it all out and let it go, so that the weight on your shoulders get lifted up."
Mental Health PH's release of Lustre's video coincided with actress' separate statement addressing former radio host Jobert Sucaldito, who appeared at a House hearing Wednesday on the ABS-CBN franchise renewal.
Sucaldito aired his grievance against the network for his suspension early this year, after his controversial suicide remark urging Lustre to "jump" amid her reported breakup with her partner James Reid.
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