Thai man in Isaan attempts suicide again after 21st heartbreak

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Another heartbreak, his 21st, forced a Thai man to attempt suicide by jumping off a bridge in the Isaan province of Udon Thani. This wasn’t the man’s first try, he had made multiple attempts to take his life in the past.

The story of Natthawut Sanphakarn previously made headlines in Thai and international news in September last year. At that time, Natthawut tried to jump off a bridge to end his life but police managed to save him in time.

Officers learned that Natthawut had experienced heartbreak 20 times, leading him to want to end his life. Officers showed him a picture of the latest woman who broke his heart and promised to contact her for him, prompting the man to reconsider his suicidal thoughts.

In a recent report yesterday, July 1, Natthawut attempted to take his own life again by trying to jump off Runsina Market Bridge in Udon Thani. Rescuers from the Udon Sawang Maeta Dhammasathan Foundation arrived at the scene and closely monitored Natthawut.

According to rescuers, Natthawut tried to take his own life in various ways many times before. He tried to jump off multiple bridges in the province and had once lain on a railway track. Fortunately, police and rescue teams managed to help him in time on every occasion.

The rescuers said Natthawut stood on the edge of the bridge but did not jump. The rescue team believed that he did it only to seek attention.

Natthawut told officers and the media that he had suffered multiple heartbreaks. The latest woman he dated, named Boss, had just abandoned him.

Natthawut stated that many women liked him because he always loved them wholeheartedly. However, none wanted a serious relationship with him. He could not find true love and decided to take his own life as a solution.

Officers from Mueang Udon Thani Police Station suspected that Natthawut was suffering from a mental illness. Therefore, rather than escorting him home as usual, they took him to Udon Thani Hospital for additional medical examination and treatment. Natthawut tested positive for alcohol, but no drugs were detected in his system.

The Thai Police showed little sympathy towards his situation. While they wish him luck in his future romantic endeavours, a police spokesperson emphasised that his actions were wasting police time and resources.


ORIGINAL STORY: Sad serenade: Thai man’s bridge suicide plunge echoes old tune

“What becomes of the brokenhearted” sang Jimmy Ruffin in the summer of 1966, in the case of a crestfallen 33 year old Thai man from Udon Thani province, that would mean an attempt to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge.

Natthawut Sanphakarn threatened to end his life by jumping off a bridge after experiencing heartbreak a staggering 20 times. Fortunately, a quick-thinking police officer, Wikanes Suetrong, deputy of the Udon Thani Municipal Police Station, and his team, sprung into action and managed to thwart the suicide attempt, comforting the man by showing him a picture of a woman, promising to connect him with her, which helped to calm him down.

Natthawut, riding his red Honda Dream motorcycle, with the registration number กษข 904 Udon Thani, had parked on the bridge, prepared to leap. As he was about to fall, officers managed to grab him.

He wept and told the police that he wished to take his own life. As police tried to calm him down, Natthawut revealed his distress stemmed from his futile search for true love. He had suffered deception and heartbreak 20 times, the latest with a woman named Warakorn whom he had been seeing for two years.

During his work hours, she would see other men, leading him to contemplate suicide, no longer wanting to experience heartache.

Officers were able to alleviate his stress by showing him a picture of the alleged woman who broke his heart on a mobile phone, promising to contact her for him. This acted as a pacifier for Natthawut, who appeared calmer and better. He even kissed the picture of the woman on the mobile phone.

Subsequently, officers took Natthawut and his motorcycle to the Udon Thani Hospital Centre, where he could receive treatment for his stress before they contacted his family to take him home.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai), or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai). Please also contact your friends or relatives at this time if you have feelings of loneliness, stress, or depression. Seek help.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at

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