"Don't Blame Heavy Workloads for Suicide of Teachers"
|Above copied from the Inquirer|
Therefore, it is not proper for the Department of Education to brush aside concerns regarding heavy workload simply because there is no "direct evidence" that links heavy workloads to suicide. Moreover, with recent research, we now have a greater understanding of potential biochemical markers for suicide. In a paper published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, it has become evident that high cortisol levels among individuals aged 40 years or younger are correlated with suicide incidents. Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenal glands when an individual is experiencing stress. This is not far from normal as everyone experiences stress. However, when the stress is chronic which can be caused by a heavy workload, the body loses control in the release of this hormone. Cortisol raises energy as well as mobilization of important nutrients. Unfortunately, it also impairs cognitive control, decision-making, and emotional regulation. Losing all of these three important tasks lead to a greater likelihood of committing suicide.
The news article also mentions that "Briones said DepEd had started closely working with the Department of Health (DOH) to help address the mental health needs of their more than 800,000 teachers nationwide." With this attitude, it is perhaps timely to read an article written by Abdi Sanati in the London Journal of Primary Care. The title alone of Sanati's article says a lot, "Does suicide always indicate a mental illness?"