Vice Ganda recalls suicide attempt, shares advice for the youth
MANILA, Philippines – Comedian Vice Ganda shared that he battled depression and tried to commit suicide at 19.
Speaking on It's Showtime Monday, June 15 while holding his trophy for Phenomenal Star from the Box Office Entertainment Awards, Vice talked about the painful experience. (READ: 'It’s Showtime' hosts promote #ProudToBeMe philosophy)
“Meron lang akong gustong i-share. Mabilisan lang. Kagabi kasi nung nakahiga ako, sabi ko, ang taray kasi apat na taon sunud-sunod, ako 'yung binibigyan ng phenomenal box office award. Sabi ko, I am just so blessed. Bigla akong nagka-flashback,” Vice said.
(I just want to share something. Last night while i was lying down, I said wow, 4 years in a row, I've been given the phenomenal box office award. I said, 'I am just so blessed,' and then I had a flashback.)
“Doon sa ilang nakakaalam sa storya ng buhay ko, yung mga nakanood ng MMK ko dati, na-realize ko lang, kasi nung 19 years old ako, nag-attempt ako mag-suicide sa sobrang depression. Uminom ako ng kung anu-anong gamot. Muntik akong mamatay. Nagising na lang ako nasa ospital na ako. 'Yun naman ang intention ko, ang magpakamatay dati.
(For those few who know about my story, those who were able to watch my MMK episode before, I was 19 years old, I tried to commit suicide because of depression. I drank different types of medicine, I almost died. When l woke up, I was at the hospital. That was my intention, to kill myself before.)
“Sabi ko kung natuloy pala iyon, di hindi ko na achieve ito. Kung anong position ako meron dito.
(I said that if that had pushed through, I wouldn't be able to achieve this, what position I'm in now.)
“I am just so blessed na hinarang ng Diyos 'yung pangit kong trip noong panahon na iyon dahil kung hindi, hindi ko na-experience lahat ng napakagandang bagay sa mundo na nararanasan ko ngayon,” Vice said.
(I am just so blessed that God stopped me at the time because I would have not experienced all the beautiful things that I am experiencing now.)
Vice said he hopes that his experience may inspire young people who may be going through similar things today.
“Sa lahat ng mga batang may pinagdadaanan katulad ng mga pinagdaanan ko noon, kung ano man ang pangit na binabalak niyo, huwag niyong ituloy dahil may magandang plano ang Diyos. Hang on, hawak lang, kapit lang. Your situation today is not your final destination."
(For the young people today who are going through what I went through, whatever bad thing you are planning to do, do not do it anymore because God has plans for you. Just hang on, hold on. Your situation today is not your final destination.)
Recently, Vice and other Showtime stars also took to social media to launch the Proud to be Me campaign, which aims to encourage self-confidence and fight bullying. – Rappler.com