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  1. gabby lopez says:

    kate..my name is gabby lopez..i am a friend of cherry so i read your blog of how you met anton’s mother..i was touched by the simple and yet endearing story..it is in many ways quintessentially filipino..i would like to suggest that you tell your story and anton’s story to a larger audience so that perhaps it might help some other soul..the best venue for such a story is ‘maalala mo kaya’..if you are interested, let me know and we can just explore the possibility..i have not talked to cherry or anyone about this but your blog is obviously just the tip of a beautiful love story albeit with a tragic ending..perhaps anton and you would like this story to reach out to others..sincerely gabby

    • Chit Paras-Bautista says:

      I have been a mental health nurse in the course of time…and as a practicing registered nurse in surgery, high dependency and emergency medicine…..I have had many cases of depression and anxiety with my clients..I have dealt with them strongly and have managed to give them support , proper coping strategies, and cares to cure their depression. The only thing which made me sad because I was able to do these caring for others who are depressed , anxious , and frustrated…..but I have not managed to help me dear cousin-in-law Anton…in his most difficult times. I cried for days and I myself was in shock and disbelief for I never realised that my first meeting with Anton here in Australia would be my last…..I failed to do this kind of special care for a family member…..from all of us in Australia…we love you Anton….

  2. Tinamarie Urra says:

    dear kate,
    I am friend of Cherry and this is how I came across your blog in memory of your dear anton. I just wanted to say I’m so sorry for you loss and the deep pain and sorrow you feel. Words most often can’t express the depth of such a loss but yours words have left a deep mark in my heart. Your courage and strength as that of Cherry are an inspiration to me. Stay strong and keep faith that someday the heartache and pain will slowly lift – I have been there in a different way so I know that as dark and agonizing as the pain is it will lift and you will be able to smile from the heart and live life in true happiness again.
    God bless you always…tinamarie

  3. Thank you so much for finding my STOMP OUT STIGMA FOR THE MENTALLY ILL. This is not just something that needs to be done in the U.S. This name change needs to be done everywhere. We have a facebook page that really goes into everything. https://www.facebook.com/changingthenameofmentalillness?ref=hl We have people from all over the world that have liked our page. Changing the name to Neurosynaptic Dysfunction is so important and it is really what is wrong with us. Please feel free to check out and join our page on facebook. We would welcome another chapter in the Philippines! Message me there if you have questions. Thank you so much for your interest.

    • Kate Alvarez says:

      Thanks so much, Tamilyn. There is a non-profit group here called The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, which is the biggest advocate of mental health awareness and suicide prevention in th Philippines. We are in touch with them and we are hoping they’ll organize another run similar to Stomp Out Stigma. They had one a few months ago, and I’m planning to take part of the next one. I’ll keep in touch and join your other Facebook group. Thanks also for letting me know about Neurosynaptic Dysfunction. I’ll be sure to use that in my next article.

  4. Ambon Ulan says:

    Finally, a website made by a Filipino talking about suicide. Thank you for this. This website is really helpful, specially for someone like me experiencing depression. Thank you for the hotlines. I do hope that they work.

    I have a hard time relating with suicide stories of someone who are not Filipinos. But when I stumbled with this site, it really made me better.

    Thank you.

  5. maria daisy apa madura says:

    Hii mam kate pwd e add mo ako sa facebook maria daisy apa madura.gusto kita kausap regarding depression.i will wait.thanks.

    • Kate Alvarez says:

      Hello, Maria. Sorry, I saw your comment only now. You may call the CRISIS LINE
      for non-sectarian, non-judgmental telephone counseling:
      Landline: (02) 893-7603
      Globe Duo: 0917-8001123 / 0917-5067314
      Sun Double Unlimited: 0922-8938944 / 0922-3468776

      Thank you for reaching out.

  6. maria daisy apa madura says:

    Pleas add me.gusto ko kasi my kausap ako..

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