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'Covid suicide' suspected as man jumps from Bangkok condo

A man jumped to his death from his condominium in eastern Bangkok at 8.30am on Friday (April 24), in what appears to be the latest in a spate of suicides in Thailand during the Covid-19 crisis.

The body of a man aged 40-45 years old was found on the sixth story of the condo building in Ramkhamhaeng district. Police assume that he jumped from the apartment on the 31st story where he lived.

They are checking footage from surveillance cameras in order to wrap up the investigation.

Investigating officers suspect the man was driven to kill himself after suffering stress during the pandemic and lockdown – a pattern seen in a string of suicide cases across the country.


'Depressed' woman jumps off Bangkok MRT station

A woman fell to her death from the elevated Tha Phra MRT Station in Bangkok Yai district at 9am on Friday (April 24).

Police and rescue volunteers arrived at the scene to find the body of an unnamed 43-year-old woman with a traumatic head injury lying in a pool of blood on the pavement below the station. None of her belongings was missing from the body.

Witnesses on the station said they saw the woman displaying strange behaviour before she walked to the edge of the station and jumped.

Her sister told police the woman had suffered depression for at least two years after their father passed away.

Police collected evidence and asked for footage from surveillance cameras around the station to check how the incident happened.

The body was sent for autopsy.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Report says Thailand's suicide rate increasing during coronavirus pandemic  thaipbsworld.com

Driven to desperation by the unprecedented economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Thais taking their own lives to escape their hardship has increased, according to a research paper commissioned by the Office of the Committee for the Promotion of Science, Research and Innovations.

The research was conducted by a group of academics from Chiang Mai, Chulalongkorn, Thammasat, Thaksin, Khon Kaen and Burapha universities, based on press reports published during the first three weeks of April, during which the national lockdown measures were in place.

The report says that there were 38 suicide attempts during that period, resulting in 28 deaths, adding that, while the lockdown has been somewhat successful in slowing the rate of new COVID-19 infections and deaths, it has also had a devastating impact on the economy.

It accused the Government for not being well enough prepared and slow to come up with remedial measures to cushion the impacts on the people, especially ordinary workers, freelancers and the urban poor, who were caught unawares, blaming the bungled 5,000 baht/month subsidy scheme for driving some people to kill themselves.

To prevent future suicides, the researchers propose the setting up of a hotline, to receive complaints from those affected and to address their grievances, before they become too desperate.

They also propose that the Government expand the subsidy scheme to cover more people, ease lockdown restrictions in low-risk areas to allow some businesses to resume, and to remove obstacles for those who want to make donations to help people in need of help.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Man broadcasts suicide live on Facebook

A man reportedly hanged himself to death in Buriram province and broadcast his suicide on Facebook Live.

Family and friends were helpless to rush and stop him due to the night curfew.

The incident happened on Friday night.

The aggrieved mother of A, 32, said that everyone tried to deter him but since the incident happened late in the night, no one dared to leave their houses because of the curfew.

She said that her son had become very stressed after losing his job because of the pandemic crisis, which has made many Thais suicidal.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Coronavirus:Top NYC doctor takes her own life  Article here bbc.com
top New York City doctor who was on the front line of the US fight against coronavirus has taken her own life.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Suicide in vain: Young woman did get her cash handout

A woman who hanged herself on the morning of April 28 after posting a sketch of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha with a message complaining about being rejected for the Bt5,000 handout, did receive the cash after all.

A, 19, won public sympathy and prompted criticism of the government on April 22 when she posted her drawing of Prayut with a message lamenting that her application for the handout had been rejected and that she was suffering serious financial hardships.

However, her boyfriend said she had health problems and had previously tried to harm herself due to anxiety, which worsened recently due to the pandemic.

had applied for the handout on April 16, though her approval was slightly delayed because she had not provided her social security information.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Woman jumps to her death in front of her father

A father on Friday (May 1) witnessed his 31-year-old daughter jump to her death from their flat's balcony on the 23rd floor of a condominium in Bangkok's Phya Thai district.

Police showed up later to find the father fainted next to the body of K on the street. Though he eventually came to, he was in no state to be interrogated.

Officers later spoke to K mother, who only said she was about to step out to buy some food but just before leaving, she turned around to see her daughter jump off the balcony.

The body has been sent to Ramathibodi Hospital for an autopsy.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


38 suicides in Thailand over COVID 'SAFETY MEASURES'

Researchers collecting news reports of suicides in Thailand have found 38 cases related to Covid-19 control policies up to April 21.

The cases are related to economic pressures stemming from public health policies in response to the virus.

The report concludes that more immediate help and a properly managed resumption of economic activity are urgently needed.

On 24 April, a statement on research on the urban poor was released showing that 38 suicide or attempted suicide cases during 1-21 April were directly related to the hardships imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The research by 7 academics and funded by Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) states that the combination of strict public health policies such as travel restrictions and shutting businesses, and insufficient economic safety net measures are causing people to take their own lives.

The researchers collected the figures from news reports. The average age is 40, and of the 38 cases, 27 are men and 11 are women. 35 are employees or self-employed and 3 are employers. 10 attempted suicide but survived.

'From the facts ..., it can be observed that those who are severely affected by state policies and measures are employees and the self-employed and especially the urban poor who were made jobless but who have not received timely help or remedial action from the state. Small-scale entrepreneurs have also been severely affected.'

'Also, most suicide cases are those of working age who have an important role as the main support responsible for the expenses of their families. Thus, when they face immediate unemployment or having no work, it leads to tremendous pressure on both them and their families,' the statement says.

Researchers suggest that government should be aware of the suicide situation aggravated by inefficient and insufficient social security policies. It should set up an emergency hotline for those in dire situations so that the authorities can grant immediate help.

more here pattayaone.news
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


The government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has expressed concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people's mental health, which can lead to suicide

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Bangkok woman hangs self after employer rejects social security claim

A 50-year-old woman was found hanging at her home in Bangkok on Monday (May 4) after her request for social security compensation was rejected.

The body was found in her house in Khlong Toei district, said police who responded to the call.

N was a cleaner at a Fuji restaurant which had closed as part of lockdown restrictions during the pandemic crisis.

Her aunt, 70, said that two weeks ago she had asked her employers for compensation according to Section 33 of the Social Security Act after working there for four years.

However, her employer said that she was not qualified to receive the money – news which distressed N, said her aunt.

P said she heard a noise from her niece's room this morning and assumed that she had woken up.

She called her to breakfast, but got no response. When she went to check the room, she found N had hanged herself.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Jobless man, abandoned by wife, kills himself
In a suspected case of suicide, a man was found hanged from a tree in Chiang Mai province after the Covid-19 crisis left him jobless and his wife left him with their six-month-old child.

The man, identified as Thanakrit, lived in Mae On district, with the baby after his wife had left him. On May 31, he left his house without his purse and medicine. His father said Thanakrit told him he wanted to calm himself down.

He was found later hanged from a tree in a local forest. His phone, motorcycle and ID card were found at the scene.

The man is thought to have been dead for a week or longer, according to his physical condition.

His funeral was held on Friday (June 12), afternoon.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Indebted transport entrepreneur shoots self as virus crisis takes toll
In yet another case of suspected Covid-related suicide, a transport entrepreneur allegedly shot himself in the head at 1pm on Monday (July 13) as his wife looked on in horror.

The incident took place in Bangkok's Lat Krabang district, where Sukhothai-native Ritthichai Lekkul, 37, was found dead in his Toyota pick-up outside a warehouse.

The police found the deceased's wife hugging his body. She passed out and had to be sent to a hospital while officers collected 11mm pistol rounds spotted in the car.

Sawang Lekkul, the dead man's mother, 61, said her son had established the company Ritthichai Transport with his three other brothers.

They had seven trucks bought with a Bt1.7-million loan, but after the business was hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis, Ritthichai became stressed.

His body was sent to the Royal Police Hospital for an autopsy.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Thai man in state quarantine plunges to his death from hotel room in Pattaya
Pattaya police are investigating the apparent suicide of a Thai man in Pattaya, who was in state quarantine after returning from abroad. He reportedly plunged to his death from his hotel room yesterday.

39-year old Mr. Phol Prom-ngarm, a resident of Tambon Ban Yang in Putthaisong district of Thailand's northeastern province of Buri Ram, arrived from Israel on Tuesday and entered quarantine at Jom Thien Palm Beach Pattaya Hotel, joining 167 other returnees. At about 4pm yesterday, he is reported to have jumped to his death.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his condolences to the family of the victim and has instructed officials to arrange for the delivery of the victim's body to his home in Buri Ram for the funeral, said Lt-Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich, spokesman for the Defence Ministry, today.

Meanwhile, the Thai Labour Ministry reports that a Thai worker in hospital in Saudi Arabia has died from COVID-19 infection.

According to the Thai labour office in Riyadh, the 67-year old, a resident of the northern province of Lampang, who had been treated for COVID-19 in the Jubail Government Hospital since August 6th, was pronounced dead yesterday.

The labour office said that the victim's employer is working out outstanding pay and other financial benefits due, which will be sent to his family in Thailand.

The victim's body will be buried in Saudi Arabia, in accordance with the measures announced by the Saudi Ministry of Public Health.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Special team set up to prevent suicides
The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) and Department of Mental Health (DMH) have jointly set up a special team to monitor social-media users and see if any comments indicate they have an intention to kill themselves.

An operational system should be ready within this year to deal with suicides, which are on the rise.

CSD chief Pol Maj-General Jirapob Puridet said his officers will be cooperating with DMH and media influencers round the clock. He said as soon as CSD learns about a person who has the tendency of committing suicide, it will inform local police, who will then have this person taken to the Department of Mental Health for treatment.

Dr Kiatiboom Vongrachit, DMH director general, said last year there were some 4,419 suicides. However, he said, in the first six months of this year – since the Covid-19 outbreak – some 2,551 people had killed themselves compared to 2,092 in the first half of 2019.

The top reason for suicide was relationship problems, followed by mental illness, financial problems and alcoholism.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Seafood vendor in Sa Kaew province commits suicide after business fails
A seafood vendor in Thailand's eastern province of Sa Kaew apparently committed suicide after having accumulated debts of 50,000-60,000 baht and was unable to sell his fresh seafood in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak associated with a seafood market in Samut Sakhon.

Before the suicide yesterday, near a pond behind the vendor's seafood stall in Nong Bon sub-district, relatives of the vendor told the media that the victim complained, via Facebook live, about poor seafood business due to the virus outbreak and his unsettled debts to some friends and his mother-in-law.

The victim also asked his wife to settle some of the debts from his savings.

The victim's wife, whose name was withheld, said that they began selling seafood online and in front of their house about a year ago and the business went well until the seafood market outbreak a week ago.

Since then, business slowed down with few buyers, she said, adding that, after running out of money to continue in business, her husband borrowed from friends and her mother but, again, they lost it all.

The suicide prompted Dr. Thanong Veerasaengpong, Sa Kaew'sprovincial health chief, to visit the seafood market, in front of the Wattana Nakhon railway station, to convince seafood customers that eating properly cooked seafood is safe, because the virus is killed when exposed to heat of at least 58oC for about 30 minutes, or faster if boiled.

He said that there are 22 seafood stalls in the province which receive seafood from Samut Sakhon, out of a total of 72, and all the vendors have tested negative for the virus.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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