A 22-year-old woman has been admitted in hospital after trying to commit suicide in Parklands, Nairobi. She lives with her sister in the same apartment she tried jumping from.
She jumped from the apartment’s rooftop, diving out of the 6th floored building. Her suicide mission did not succeed though, as she fell on a car windscreen that offered her a safer landing pad but injured her badly.
“She escaped death with serious cuts on her body but we hope that she will not die,” Parklands police have confirmed. She was immediately taken for a medical checkup.
It was revealed that the victim had sent a text message to her sister, detailing a plan to end her life. She told her sister that she had written two suicide notes, and strategically placed them within the house.
According to her sister, one of the suicide notes was directed to her employer while the other was meant for her family. On the text message, she decried frustration from a number of people who could not listen to her.
“We will wait for her to heal before we could interrogate her, based on the applicable laws of the land,” police noted in a statement.Attempting suicide is a criminal offense and is punishable by jail term in Kenya.
According to The World Health Organisation’s (WHO), suicide cases are majorly attributed to joblessness, death, academic failures or pressures, legal difficulties and financial difficulties.
WHO also identifies bullying, previous suicide attempts, history of suicide in a family, alcoholism and substance misuse, depression and bipolar disorder as other causes.