One of the most difficult battles that an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) is fighting is homesickness and this often leads to depression.
Psychiatry.org defines depression as “a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.”
This is what happened lately to an OFW working in Japan who committed suicide. Her depression was so severe that she was not able to handle it and opted to end her life. Her story was posted in Facebook by her friend Mi Chan.
According to Mi Chan’s post, the OFW who was not named but was referred to as “bhe”, (a word for endearment), and with photos uploaded, wrote a “suicide” letter that she was already too tired working and could not endure any longer. It was construed from the post that the OFW had a son she left.
It was not clear what really happened to the OFW but in the post, Chan mostly lamented on the situations of most OFWs who are facing difficulties working their very best to send money to their families in the Philippines.
The post also elaborated that most OFWs in Japan who are married to Japanese are being held by their spouses from sending money to their “extended” families back home but if they want to help them, they should work double time to be able to send because their spouses probably do not allow them to get from the money that is allotted just for their family in Japan.
The post had been reposted and shared by many Facebook users to serve as warning that depression can kill and this is a eye opener to everyone who are suffering from depression that they should seek help.
To the families of OFWs, this also serves as a caution that it is not really easy to keep asking for money from their loved ones working abroad because it takes their whole life working just to send them.