There were anecdotal accounts and rumours aplenty as the financial crisis deepened last year, of individuals ruined by the crisis, taking their lives. Some even going as far as saying the incident/s took place in high rise offices in the Central Business District. In Singapore, imagine that. Although, recent high profile incidents (God rest their souls) globally, might appear to give the rumour mill of urban myths, a believability quotient.
What drives a person to take his or her life? I personally know of a few dear ones who have taken a similar route and believe me, there are many unanswered questions.
Was it desperation coupled with depression? Perhaps, the inability to make sense of a system that used to make sense? The problems were overwhelming and the pit, already deep, continues to spiral downwards? The ignominy and hopelessness of the circumstance surrounding them? Coming up against wall after insurmountable wall of deadends with nothing to look forward to? There was nothing to live for? There was noone to live for? There was noone to help? There was noone willing to help? Or there was no help big enough on the way? Did they ask for help? Could they accept help?
Yet another question. What makes a divorced, young mother of four school-going children, with bleak employment prospects and only ten cents in her purse, keep going?