Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Schoolteacher Who Jumps to Her Death

I came across this piece of news today. 

A Pasir Puteh school teacher fell to her death from the fifth floor of a shopping center in Ipoh, Perak on Thursday, July 19. 

Berita Harian reported that members of the public found Liew Kit Mooi lying motionless at about 03:50 PM.  

Police said that initial investigations show that there was no foul play, adding that there were witnesses who saw the 36-year-old woman plunging down the building.

Image via Berita Harian

It is understood that the mother of two had just sent her children for tuition classes in Pekan Lama after school. However, she did not head home and instead proceeded to the mall. 

It was learned that the woman was battling depression. 

Utusan Malaysia quoted police as saying that the woman's husband, who was present at the scene, confirmed that the victim had been depressed and had received treatment at the hospital only last week. 

The man allegedly told police that he did not blame any party and admitted that his wife had been unable to cope with the heavy workload after her bout of depression. 

The body was later sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for a post-mortem. 

The same old, same old story of depression. 

And another life is lost. 

The vast majority of people who die by suicide surely would have communicated their suicidal thoughts to others. 

(Maybe, the schoolteacher did express them in some way – but did anybody listen?)

It’s so easy to ignore their cries for help or maybe, we even mock their pain. 

Or maybe the ones with suicidal tendencies don't think anyone cares enough to tell them. 

I don’t know for sure because every cry and every pain is different. 

What I can be sure of is that they don't have to feel this way. There is help. 

There is an end to the agony. There is always someone who cares whether they live or die. 

Please don't make a permanent decision for a temporary problem. 

Please help yourself by getting help, so others won’t have to grieve.

Be a depression survivor!

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