Actress Nadine Lustre broke her silence Thursday after the death of her 16-year-old brother, which the police confirmed as suicide.
On her Instagram story, Lustre asked visitors of her brother’s funeral to respect her and her grief.
“May I request to please refrain from posting/reposting photos and videos of me from the funeral,” her message on an all-black background read.
“Let’s give respect. This is for EVERYONE,” she added.
Instagram stories are photos or videos that can be viewed for 24 hours since time of posting.
The actress’ brother Isaiah Lustre was found lifeless on October 8 in their house in Quezon City, the Quezon City Police Department (QCPD) said.
Consoling a fan living with depression
On another Instagram story also posted on Thursday, Lustre told supporters she’s reading their messages and will respond soon.
“And to everyone who’s been sharing (with) me stories of weakness.. I’m reading. Wait for me… I GOT U,” Lustre said.
On Wednesday, one of Lustre’s fans, who requested anonymity, posted a series of photos on Twitter revealing a 2015 conversation she had with the Instagram account of Lustre’s online store (@phospheneph), where she opened up about her depression.
The photos showed the actress giving the fan words of encouragement and admitting she went through the same phase when she was younger.
The fan claimed they kept talking until 2016, with Lustre sometimes using her personal Instagram account to talk.
“I kept on messaging her if I have bad times because she became my safe haven. Sometimes she reads the message and I understand if she doesn’t reply kasi busy siyang tao (because she’s busy),” the fan said.
Prior to her call for privacy, Lustre posted two Instagram stories a couple of days after her brother’s death: one of a semicolon with the hashtag #KeepGoing; and another which read “You are stronger than depression.”
Police refused to give any more details about the incident, out of respect for the family’s wishes. The family also refused an investigation, police added.
October 10 is observed as World Mental Health Day. The semicolon is used by a nonprofit American mental health organization Project Semicolon. The semicolon symbolizes efforts to prevent suicide and urges people living with depression to seek help because “Your story is not yet over.”
Warning signs of suicidal behaviors include withdrawing from friends, expressing hopelessness, mentions of suicide, and engaging in self-harm, among others.
Close to 800,000 people die of suicide every year worldwide, said the World Health Organization.
If you or someone you know is depressed and expresses thoughts of suicide, know that help is available. Call the hotline, HOPELINE, at (02) 804 4673, (0917) 558-4673 or 2919 toll free for Globe and TM subscribers.
CNN Philippines’ Digital Producer Yvette Morales contributed to this report.
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