Kerala: A 28-year-old man identified as Ajmal Shereef from Aluva, Kerala, died by suicide after sharing an obituary post for himself on his Instagram page. The devastating incident unfolded around 6:30 PM on Friday when Ajmal was found hanging inside a room at his residence.
Signs of Depression and Struggle
According to the police, Ajmal Shereef was grappling with feelings of depression, exacerbated by the challenges of securing suitable employment. The family attested to his emotional struggles in the period leading up to the tragic event. Ajmal’s aspirations and mental health appear to have been adversely affected by his difficulties in finding a satisfactory job.
Instagram Post as a Cry for Help
In a poignant gesture preceding his decision to end his life, Ajmal shared a post on his Instagram page featuring his photo alongside a caption that read ‘RIP Ajmal Shereef 1995-2003.’ The choice to post an obituary for himself on a platform with over 14,000 followers suggests a profound sense of despair and a possible cry for help.
Immediate Aftermath and Investigation
Following the discovery of Ajmal’s lifeless body, the necessary legal procedures were initiated. A post-mortem examination was conducted, and the authorities handed over the remains to the grieving family. The incident highlights the critical importance of mental health awareness and support mechanisms, emphasizing the need for a compassionate approach in dealing with the struggles faced by individuals in society.
If you are feeling suicidal or have suicidal thoughts, please know that you are not alone and there is help available. You can call any of the following helpline numbers in India to talk to someone who will listen to you and support you.
- National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1800-121-3667. This is a toll-free number that provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
- Aasra: 9820466726. This is a 24/7 helpline that offers non-judgmental and non-critical listening to anyone who needs emotional support.
- iCall: 022-25521111. This is a helpline run by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences that offers professional counselling, information and referrals to anyone in need of mental health care. It operates from Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 10 pm.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of these helplines if you are feeling suicidal. You are valuable and your life matters.
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