The Department of Health (DOH) in collaboration with the Natasha Goulborn Foundation announces the winner of the recently launched Hope in 40 Seconds animation video contest: Mr. Vince Serrano, with his animated digital video entitled ‘Companion’, a story of a lonely boy who almost succumbed to the lure of death but received a second chance at life from a beacon of hope. ‘Companion’ will be shown in all theaters and TV channels around the country in partnership with MTRCB, Globe Telecom and Ayala Cinemas

“The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. The tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life. In the span of 40 seconds we can save countless lives by giving them a glimmer of hope that they have someone to connect and communicate to and they are not alone,” Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial explained.

The said video aims to promote mental health and encourage those suffering from it as well as their loved ones to seek guidance from Hopeline, NGF’s free 24/7 suicide hotline: (02) 804-HOPE (4673); 0917 558 HOPE (4673) and 2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers).


In addition, a project between DOH, the Department of Education, and NGF entitled ‘Wellness Emotional Resilience for Filipino Youth’, will be pilot tested in Region IV-B. An added feature of this project is ‘Healthy Food, Healthy Minds’ with the participation of two leading Filipino chefs, namely ChefJessie Sincioco of Chef Jessie Restaurant and Chef JP Anglo of Sarsa restaurants who will give a fresh twist to healthy Pinoy food choices for canteens.

“I have always admired what Jamie Oliver has done in UK with kids and cafeterias of schools. Why can we not have someone like JP Anglo? He’s young and so passionate as well in bringing Filipino food to the public?Together with Jessie of Chef Jessie ‘s love for homegrown veggies, she can encourage parentsto have food from garden to table,” NGF President Jean Goulborn said.

Hopeline has campus caravans for schools and universities as part of its awareness campaign in removing the stigma on mental health issues and is now being conducted by the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation.

The Hopeline is a health-service project by the Department of Health in partnership with the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation and the National Center for Mental Health. Globe Telecom is also generous sponsor for this project and is the provider of the technology behind the crisis hotline.

“We hope that this global concern of mental health challenges from anxiety to depression that can lead to suicide can be intervened by strengthening the youth’s emotional resilience and arming the young people and their parents with good nutrition habits by learning the “gut to brain” connection that can affect the mood patterns or balance the emotional responses. These programs shall benefit not just the teachers, students, parents but as well as the general public by strengthening partnerships through comprehensive and sustainable health programs, we can achieve the DOH agenda on All for Health Towards Health For All,” Secretary Ubial concluded.