Positivity Can’t Kill Suicidal Thoughts, But You Can. Find Out How.

Anam Cara Manila
Aug 24 · 3 min read

Warning: This article contains material that may be sensitive.

A happy human walking away with scissors in hand after cutting ties with the looming cloud/monster tying them down to sadness
A happy human walking away with scissors in hand after cutting ties with the looming cloud/monster tying them down to sadness

8 out of 10 Filipinos are at a high risk for suicide. According to the Department of Health, there has been a 60% increase in untreated mental problems in the Philippines as of 2019.

Psychologists at the University of Manchester and University of South Wales have published findings that children who grew up in emotionally abusive and neglectful environments were 2 ½ times more likely to attempt suicide as adults from age 18 and up.

Emotional Abuse is any act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilization, or any other treatment, which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity and self-worth.

When it comes to conversations in a Filipino household, suicide and emotional abuse is one of those things we just don’t talk about because it’s not real.

This creates the illusion/narrative in our heads that our experiences and emotions are not valid. This stigma leads us to feel like we are not being seen or heard. We begin to believe that we do not have a support system within or outside of our family and friends; that no one else will understand what we’re going through.

It is difficult to accept that sometimes our family and friends are the very people who cannot help us simply because they have never experienced depression or suicidal thoughts, but this does not mean you are alone.

Everyone deserves a safe space to be heard and to be seen and to be reminded that everything you are going through is valid and there is a way to grow through all these moments.

What if we told you that a space like that already exists?

Anam Cara Manila is a community space that is open to the public regardless of your race, religion, and background.

Anam Cara Manila consists of volunteers ranging from yoga teachers, spiritual practitioners, artists, musicians, and individuals who have been through their own versions of hell and have lived to tell their story.

What if we told you YOU had the power to change your life’s narrative through the practice of yoga & meditation?

“Here’s the thing about yoga. The power of it, the secret of it, is that it teaches your body how to feel safe. And the safer your body feels, the more it begins to let go. Stress begins to leave the body, which is wonderful and the whole f*cking point. But here is what no one tells you: the deeper you dive into your practice, the deeper your body digs to find stress that has not been released. Dig deep enough and you hit gold. It’s called trauma. And there is the downside of being in your body. And that is that you have to be willing to fully embrace, and feel, every trauma inflicted on it.

And that is when healing begins.” — Haley Jakobson

We want to help you redesign your life’s narrative because you’re always just one decision away from a completely different life that you deserve.

Join the conversation and help us help others by keeping our safe space open.

For every donation to our campaign, we will donate 15% amount to the following organizations:

- Laura Vicuna Foundation

- Pangarap Foundation

- Grace To Be Born Maternity Home and Nursery, Light of Jesus Family


$25 donation gets you 1 free class of your choice and 10% goes to your organization of choice.

$50 gets you 3 classes of your choice and 15% goes to your organization of choice.

For $100/month that you donate, you will be sponsoring one member of your organization of choice above every month that will cover their basic necessities and a weekly yoga class from one of our in-house teachers.

Join us at Anam Cara Manila as we transform Me to We.

Securely donate to our GoGetFunding campaign here.

Sat Siri Akal!

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