1 Utama mall visitors were shocked when a woman jumped to her death from the fourth floor yesterday.
The shopping mall broke the devastating news via a press release on their Facebook account. They also urged anyone struggling with mental health to reach out and seek help.
Photos and video of the incident quickly circulated around social media before netizens urged for them to be deleted out of respect for the deceased.
With the pandemic going on, Malaysia is seeing a rise in suicide cases. According to a local news and information provider, Befrienders Malaysia received about 4,142 calls between March 18 and May 16 when the first Movement Control Order was introduced, where over a third of the calls were suicidal in nature.
A similar tragedy occurred less than a month ago on April 21 when a man allegedly threw himself from the third floor of Suria KLCC. Dang Wangi district police chief ACP Mohd Zainal Abdullah said,
“The 25-year-old victim was found to have a psychiatric treatment card from the Klang Hospital in the bag he was carrying. The victim’s body was brought to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) for post-mortem. Case has been classified as sudden death.”
Often, people view mental health as a delicate topic and even considered taboo. Just because psychological pain is invisible, doesn’t mean that it is not real. The stigma surrounding this issue is what makes it so difficult for victims to reach out in fear of being judged or worse, turned away.
How many more lives will it take before we step up and take this matter seriously?
If you or anyone you know are in need of emotional support, please do not hesitate to call Befrienders at 03-76272929.
*Cover image via Twitter