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Tragic Suicide of Mentally Ill Woman in Bola, Karkala


In a tragic incident in Bola, Karkala, a mentally ill woman, identified as Sharmila (36), has taken her own life by setting herself ablaze. Sharmila had been battling mental illness for the past 13 years and had previously attempted suicide at her residence on May 3rd.


Following her suicide attempt, Sharmila was admitted to Wenlock Hospital for treatment. Despite medical efforts, she tragically succumbed to her injuries on May 19th. The news of her demise has left the community in shock and sadness.

The Karkala Rural Police have initiated an investigation into the matter and have registered a case. While the exact circumstances leading to Sharmila’s decision to end her life are still being investigated, the incident highlights the urgent need for mental health awareness and support systems in society.

Cases like these underscore the importance of providing adequate mental health care and support to individuals struggling with mental illness. It’s crucial for communities to come together to address mental health issues with compassion and understanding, offering assistance to those in need and working towards preventing such tragic outcomes in the future.

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.

1. 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
2. Aasra: 9820466726. This is a 24/7 helpline that offers non-judgmental and non-critical listening to anyone who needs emotional support
3. 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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