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Kolkata: A 25-Year-Old Attempt Suicide due to Depression

Samwrith, a 25-year-old youth, attempted suicide by using a DIY suicide bag. The plastic bag was huge, consisting of a DIY device with a drawcord. He used a drawcord to kill himself using an inert gas (nitrogen or argon, helium). He left a two-page suicide note in English. Moreover, he mentioned in his letter that no one was responsible for his death. He ended the letter with 'I Quit.'


 


His parents, brother, and grandmother died within ten months in the year 2016. The death of all his loved ones had pushed Samwrith, a 25-year-old bank official, into depression. He broke down and chose to kill himself after his sister died last week. She had helped him to come out of the depression. 


 


According to the police, Samwrith considered himself evil and was responsible for the death of his loved ones. According to the report, his father died in March 2016, his brother in October 2016. His mother died in November 2016, and his grandmother in December 2016. His sister died in July 2021, one week before Samwrith killed himself. 


 


Samwrith was a resident of Hyderabad and a technical manager in a private bank in Kolkata. His head was wrapped in a plastic bag and a horse pipe fixed to a nitrogen gas cylinder inserted inside the polythene. He was found dead on his bed at a paying guest accommodation in Salt Lake on July 19, Monday afternoon. His two colleagues- cum-roommates found him and immediately informed the police. Later, police sent his body for post-mortem. 


 


His close friend and an aunt came from Hyderabad on July 20, Tuesday, to take over the custody of his body as no one else is there from his family. Police stated that his friend and aunt confirmed his handwriting in the letter. They cremated the body in Kolkata later that day.


 


A police officer of Bidhannagar Commissionerate stated that he went through the letter and spoke to his aunt in detail. While talking to his aunt, the police officer learnt about Samwrith’s parents, brother, and grandmother's death between March and December 2016. All of them died due to health ailments. It broke him from inside, and thus he had gone into a state of acute depression. His sister, one of his friend’s wife helped him to recover from the depression. Even she died due to pancreatitis last week, and this had left him broken and devastated. 


 


Depression


 


Depression is a common mental health disorder characterised by persistently depressed mood or lack of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. It's a constant feeling of sadness, the loneliness that often characterises major depression. It can lead to a range of behavioural and physical symptoms. Suffering from depression may include changes in sleep pattern, energy level, appetite, concentration, daily behaviour or self-esteem. Depression is not similar to usual mood swings. 


 


Depression is a tough challenge in everyday life, and it is like any other serious health issue that needs proper treatment. It can cause the affected person to suffer and function poorly at work, with family and at school. Depression, a mental health problem, can lead to suicide. Every year, approximately 800,000 people die because of suicide. It is the second leading cause of death in 15 to 29-year-olds. 


 


So, please do not consider depression casual and seek professional help. Treat yourself with proper medication and treatment, talk about it, share your experience with no shame. It is okay to not feel great but do not kill yourself in the process. Suicide is not a solution. Seek professional help without any shame. Mental health professionals are there to help you with your life. Everyone can heal, and there could be a better tomorrow with bright sunshine and glowing moonlight. Choose help over suicide.


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