Sunday 29 November, 2020

Man reportedly takes own life in Choiseul

Police are investigating a case in which a man is believed to have taken his own life in Choiseul.

Dead is a 52-year-old resident of Victoria, Choiseul. The deceased's body was discovered on a farm in the community hanging from a tree.

The discovery was made on Friday afternoon, November 20, by the owner of the farm, who is also a resident of the area.

According to the owner of the farm, when he realized he had stumbled upon the body, he was very surprised.

According to him, just before the discovery, he observed a coat and a shoe in his hut on his farm but thought it had belonged to his brother.

“When I first saw the body, I thought it was my brother, although I know he has no problem, but you can never tell… When I checked closer I realized it was not him,” the owner of the farm told Loop News.

According to residents of the area, the deceased, who lives alone in a small house next to his mother’s house, was not known to have any mental issues.

They say a few days before the incident he was accused of stealing.

If you feel you need support, please contact the suicide helpline at 203.

Principal Nursing Officer Glenda Cepal spoke with Loop News on World Suicide Day on September 10, 2020.

“Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention.

You can make a difference as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour.

You can raise awareness about the issue; educate yourself and others about the causes and warning signs for suicide; show compassion and care for those who are in distress in your community; question the stigma associated with suicide, suicidal behavior and mental health problems; and share your own experiences.”

According to suicide prevention site "The warning signs of suicide are indicators that a person may be in acute danger and may urgently need help:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself;
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself;
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose;
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain;
  • Talking about being a burden to others;
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs;
  • Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless;
  • Sleeping too little or too much;
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated;
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge; and
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

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