Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones said that her agency would look into the reports of suicide cases linked to COVID-19 among young people.
“We have to look into the underlying triggers to find if it is COVID-related,” Briones said during a Laging Handa press briefing.
DepEd Public Affairs Service Director June Arvin Gudoy mentioned the case of an incoming 19-year-old Grade 9 Balik Aral student in Sto. Domingo in Albay who hanged himself “because he was troubled by online classes.”
Briones pointed out that the agency is aware of the challenges of general anxiety and fear of uncertainty brought about by the new way of living that now surrounds the entire education sector.
She said DepEd has begun providing psychosocial counseling, which is mainly delivered via webinars due to quarantine restrictions.
The education chief also stressed the parents’ vital role in the current education system as school-age children spend most of their time at home.