Depressed man shoots himself in chest and head… but survives

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Remarkably, Jervin Ganaden was even able to speak to police after his self-inflicted ordeal.

A 53-year-old man from Valenzuela City in Metro Manila survived after shooting himself in the chest and head during an apparent suicide bid.

Just hours after the attempt to take his own life, Jervin Ganaden was even able to speak to police, telling them that his wounds were self inflicted.


Mr Ganaden made the suicide attempt in the bathroom of his home in Barangay Marulas at about 7.15am yesterday (Wednesday, May 8).

City police chief Colonel David Nicolas Poklay told The Journal Online that the incident was discovered by his wife Consorcia, who was startled to hear gunshots coming from the locked room.

She described to police how she forcibly opened the door and found her husband sitting on the lavatory with gunshot wounds to his chest and head.


She then rushed to seek help from her neighbours and called the Valenzuela Rescue Unit, which rushed him to Valenzuela Medical Center. 

Mr Ganaden, who works as a driver and is a native of La Union, is continuing to receive treatment. The injuries to his chest and head are not believed to be life-threatening.

His relatives have handed over the calibre 38 revolver he used in his suicide attempt to police who attended the scene. It contained four live rounds and two empty shells.


The reasons for the apparent attempt to take his own life have not been determined.

In the Philippines, the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation has a depression and suicide prevention hotline to help those secretly suffering from depression. The numbers to call are ‎804-4673 and ‎0917-558-4673. Globe and TM subscribers may call the toll-free number 2919. More information is available on its website.

Also read: How to spot suicidal tendencies in your loved ones

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