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Gab Valenciano says ‘greater calling’ won over two failed suicide attempts

Gab Valenciano shared his learning from the two dark moments of his life.

BY PUSH TEAM

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9/12/2019 3:47 PM
Gab Valenciano says ‘greater calling’ won over two failed suicide attempts


Photo Credit: @gabvalenciano on IG

In an effort to help spread awareness about the importance of mental health for World Suicide Prevention Day, Gab Valenciano offered words of support to those going through tough times in their lives.

"World Suicide Prevention Day isn’t just a day where we celebrate victories of those who have survived, instead, it is an awareness day where we magnify the importance and significance of how to deal with this growing epidemic. As of today, one person dies every forty seconds by suicide. That is not a good statistic at all," he wrote.

Opening up about his two failed suicide attempts in the past, the 31-year-old son of Gary Valenciano said he believes he has a greater calling in life.

"I would have been part of that statistic, twice, if not for the grace of God and love for my family and friends. Hanging from the twenty-second floor of a condominium, deliberately hurting myself and substance abuse could have been the end of my story, but I believe that my failed attempts had a greater calling, and that calling is to reach out and help as many people as I can who are struggling with mental health issues, through empathy and compassion," he added.


Gab also reminded those who are going through mental and emotional issues that there are people who are willing to listen to them.


"Please everyone, there are people willing to listen and help. It doesn’t need to end this way. The only way to battle this is to fight together so fight with us. Surround yourself with the right people and feed your soul with the right content. You can do this. Stay alive, my dear friends. You are enough and you are worth it," he said.


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World Suicide Prevention Day isn’t just a day where we celebrate victories of those who have survived, instead, it is an awareness day where we magnify the importance and significance of how to deal with this growing epidemic. As of today, one person dies every forty seconds by suicide. That is not a good statistic at all. I would have been part of that statistic, twice, if not for the grace of God and love for my family and friends. Hanging from the twenty second floor of a condominium, deliberately hurting myself and substance abuse could have been the end of my story, but I believe that my failed attempts had a greater calling, and that calling is to reach out and help as many people as I can who are struggling with mental health issues, through empathy and compassion. Please everyone, there are people willing to listen and help. It doesn’t need to end this way. The only way to battle this is to fight together so fight with us. Surround yourself with the right people and feed your soul with the right content. You can do this. Stay alive, my dear friends. You are enough and you are worth it. The Philippine Suicide Hotline is 896-9191 or 0917-854- 9191. #suicideprevention #worldsuicidepreventionday

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An advocate of mental health, Gab Valenciano shared in an exclusive interview with PUSH that he is developing an app where everyone can seek mental health support 24/7.

READ: EXCLUSIVE: Gab Valenciano opens up how his girlfriend helped him realize she’s ‘the one’

“It’s not just an app. It’s also a movement. So basically, I want it to be like a 24-hour source where people can go and get healthy whether it’s through talking, whether it’s social media, whether it’s through actually physically going or being there because suicide right now is not a joke. People, it’s happening every day or every other day with people who are, who have a lot and who have nothing. So for me, I’ve been there. So I want to be able to, you know, not naman save the world with my concept but to be able to at least save as many people as possible.”


If you are going through a tough time in your life, don't hesitate to contact the Philippine Suicide Hotline, 896-9191 or 0917-854- 9191.