Joseph Ubalde’s life was seemingly perfect!
Joseph “Seph” Ubalde was a senior news producer at GMA News TV, TV5’s weatherman, and content manager who won two journalism awards. He was also a columnist for Manila Times, Mega Magazine editor, and senior lecturer at UP where he also graduated. He studied in Germany and worked as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank. On April 1, 2019, his lifeless body was found submerged in the bathtub at a five-star hotel in BGC. He committed suicide after a lengthy video blog, he was 33 years old.
Seph’s video-blog clearly tells why
Ubalde has been suffering from sadness and anxiety since grade school. He was abused by his father and bullied in school. In 2016, he underwent psychiatric help after 2 months of sleepless nights. Joseph was at the height of his successful career. “…deep inside, when you’re all by yourself when you’re all alone, that’s when the facade crumbles and that’s when you have to grapple with your monsters and demons,” he said in the original video.
Genuine friends are scare
He was clinically depressed and the reason was clear. “I had no one to assure or validate me that everything will be okay. I wish I had more friends who I can call at midnight… That I think is important: friends who would genuinely check up on you, who would really ask you how you are and who are really invested in your wellness. If I had friends like that, I think I would not have kept all my problems to myself and feel alone“.
Like Nadine Lustre’s brother, he too committed suicide because he felt no one was there for him. Isaiah Lustre in his post said, “there is emptiness… I need someone to lean on.”
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Why do people get depressed?
Seph Ubalde sought professional help, but it was not enough. Truth is, we all get depressed because we have a constant enemy who is after our destruction. He is a thief that comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Even Pastors get depressed, some committed suicide.
→ The root cause of depression.
Satan targets Christians as his trophies
Just because you have Jesus as your Lord and savior, a Christian, or someone active in church does not mean depression won’t crawl on you. Recently, two US mega-Pastors Andrew Stoecklein and Jarrid Wilson committed suicide. Pretty girl Noa Pothoven age 17, from the Netherlands, chose to die because of deep emotional sexual trauma.
Satan hunts among the hopeless and the hurting, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). He wants to sift God’s workers like wheat (Luke 22:31–32). Clearly, he is bent on destroying those who bear the image of God. Fortunately, the Biblical Job sets for us the ultimate example that there is always hope, in the midst of tragedy. Although Satan tried to destroy Job, his faith in God kept him literary alive and well! (Job 13)
→ Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza was raped by 7 men and it ended this way.
The mind is the devil’s playground
Depression is rooted in hopelessness, which is the total opposite of why Jesus came. He is our hope, “we do not lose heart” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). On the other hand, Satan tells us “there is no hope,” and the only escape is death. Unfortunately, many believe this lie, that is why we should share the Gospel of Jesus to everyone.
→ How to pray like Jesus and get answers.
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Do not grieve, the joy of the Lord is your strength!