Nadine Lustre's Dad Speaks About His Own Depression

"Now I am bolder to face it head on."
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Nadine Lustre's father, Ulysses Lustre, talks about his own battle with depression on his Facebook page. On October 14, 2017, Ulysses posted a message for this late son and Nadine's brother, Isaiah.

The 16-year-old Isaiah Lustre was found dead on October 8 in his family's home in Quezon City, according to the Quezon City Police Department. The death was ruled as a suicide.

"You got me there, Ice, so [many] lessons learned," Ulysses began saying. "Even I am not free from depression. Thru your writings I'm now bolder to face it head on. I am proud of you, Ice. This tragedy will not end unnoticed. A battle cry for fighting depression will be shouted. And there will be awareness."

A few hours before that message, Ulysses shared Nadine's birthday message for Isaiah after posting his own:

"The loss of a father or a mother is painful, the loss of a son is unbearable. The demons of depression are devouring our youth. I call out to all sons and daughters to please stop hurting yourselves. Your depression is incomparable to us parents' when you [hurt yourselves]. Life is beautiful. Please bear that in mind. Happy Birthday, Ice. We love you so much."

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After the tragedy, friends and family of the Lustres posted the semicolon symbol on their social media accounts, accompanied by the hashtag #KeepGoing. The semicolon has been a symbol used to support people who are struggling with depression, self-harm, thoughts of suicide, or any form of addiction.


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