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Programs to combat depression are being promoted in schools

To help fight depression, a non-governmental organization proposes to include schools in the study of the existence of an "emotional resilience" program.

It's a response to the number of young people experiencing depression in the country, according to the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation + Mindstrong group.

Jun Sy, the incoming chairman of the group's board of trustees, said this is because there are very few child psychiatrists to respond to the number of young people experiencing depression.

According to the group, there are only 75 registered child psychiatrists in the country.  It is estimated that up to 1 million young Filipinos suffer from depression.

Around 800,000 people die every year worldwide due to suicide, according to the World Health Organization.  It equals one person every 40 seconds.

Suicide is also the second most common cause of death between the ages of 15 and 29.

In the program, students will be taken into counseling, according to NGF + Mindstrong founder Jean Goulbourn.

The group has also expanded their hotline to receive calls and help those suffering from depression.

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