After yesterday's episode, January 8, between Nadine Lustre and Jobert Sucaldito wherein the latter called out the former about chiding Ricky Lo and his article about the alleged JaDine break-up, some celebrities have taken stand against people who make a joke about suicide and mental health.
It could be recalled that Sucaldito made a remark about suicide to Nadine, making a statement that she should have jumped in the building where she posed in one of her recent Instagram posts.
This did not bide well with some celebrities, who made their voices heard on social media about mental health.
One of which is ABS-CBN newscaster Karen Davila, who shared her experience interviewing Nadine last year. Karen added that jokes about mental health should not be tolerated.
I interviewed Nadine Lustre on #ANCHeadstart last year. She was brave enough to share about her period of depression & the crisis she went through. She is a smart, deep & passionate person. Jokes about mental health aren’t funny & should not be tolerated. #MentalHealthAwareness— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) January 8, 2020
Actor-host Alexander Diaz had a simple remark to the said issue.
we dont joke about mental health.— △lexander Diaz ♚ (@alexandermcdizz) January 8, 2020
Kiana Valenciano took to Twitter to remember people she has known who suffer from mental health problems, while adding that suicide is no joke and should not be made a laughing matter.
WAKE UP AND GROW UP. Suicide is not a joking matter or something to bring up passively for clout. I am stunned. How can someone be so ignorant and insensitive about this issue in this day and age?— Kiana 🌙 (@KianaVee) January 8, 2020
Thinking of all the people I have met who silently struggle with mental health & suicidal thoughts and then hearing someone so callously turn that battle into a joke just goes to show that there is still so much work to be done. We must educate ourselves to break the stigma.— Kiana 🌙 (@KianaVee) January 8, 2020
Kiana’s brother Gab Valenciano, who has suffered from depression, recounted his experience with such and said it is a topic that cannot be "tossed around loosely."
Sharon Cuneta's daughter Frankie Pangilinan, host Bianca Gonzalez, and film director Antoinette Jadaone all had similar takes on the issue.
i wasnt going to say anything because this is a lil triggering but hey suicide is as serious as it gets and anyone who makes a joke of it or treats it lightly should really reevaluate themselves— frankie pangilinan (@kakiep83) January 8, 2020
Making light of suicide and mental illness is not funny and should not be tolerated.— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) January 8, 2020
WE NEED TO STOP JOKING ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS— Tonette, Tonette (@tonetjadaone) January 8, 2020
Indie actress Chai Fonacier, who has been vocal about her suffering from bipolar disorder, reminded everyone that Nadine is not the only one who needed an apology from Jobert, but everyone else who has suffered from a mental health condition in their lives.
#ApologizetoNadine, and to every other public figure they've outed without permission, misgendered, whose mental health they made light of and made fun of, whose personal space they've invaded, to every victim of their irresponsible writing that's based on hearsay and not fact. https://t.co/YQElZ77o8c— Chai Fonacier (@bansheerabidcat) January 8, 2020
#ApologizeToNadine yes, but also reminding everyone that many others have been victim to irresponsible writing/broadcasting since way back, and they ALL equally deserve an apology from these highly unethical media people. It's time to put a stop to this. Time's up, bish.— Chai Fonacier (@bansheerabidcat) January 8, 2020
ABS-CBN News Chief Ging Reyes has released a statement Wednesday, January 8, about Sucaldito's remark on suicide, saying that their department takes mental health seriously and such a remark he made should not be tolerated.