Patong

30 year old Thai woman found dead in car in Patong from apparent suicide

Photo via The Phuket News

The Thaiger acknowledges that the names of the family and the contents of a suicide note were published in error in an earlier version of this story. We have spoken to the writer and can assure readers that this will never happen again. We apologise for the distress caused.

A 30 year old Thai woman has been found dead in her car, in Patong, from an apparent suicide. The woman’s car was parked by the side of the Sirirat Road, which links Patong and Karon. Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene to find the body of ‘Kanokwan’ (surname withheld), slumped in the driver’s seat of a Phuket-registered Honda Jazz.

Police say they found an electric pan with burnt charcoal behind the driver’s seat in the back. They say this was the cause of death as she likely died from asphyxiation. They also say they found a suicide letter.

The woman’s mother ‘Boonlap’ says that she has accepted her daughter’s death was from a probably suicide. Her body was taken to Patong Hospital for further examination before being released to her relatives for a funeral.

It is not known whether the Covid pandemic had any effect on Kanokwan but job losses, bankruptcies, sickness and fear are just a few of the side-affects during the Covid-19 pandemic.

For many in Thailand and all over the world, this has a profound impact on the mental health of everyday people. The suicide rate in Thailand has also seen a spike, with 22% more suicides recorded in the first half of 2020 when compared to the same period in 2019. A sharp increase not witnessed since the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.

Even before the pandemic struck, Thailand was on record as having the most suicides of any country in SE Asia. As per WHO data, in 2019 Thailand’s suicide rate was 14.4 per 100k population, compared to a global average of 10.5 per 100k population.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand at their 24-hour hotline 02-713-6791 (English), 02713-6793 (Thai) or Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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11 Comments

    1. The Thaiger acknowledges that the names of the family and the contents of a suicide note were published in error. We have spoken to the writer and can assure readers that this will never happen again. We apologise for the distress caused.

    1. The Thaiger acknowledges that the names of the family and the contents of a suicide note were published in error. We have spoken to the writer and can assure readers that this will never happen again. We apologise for the distress caused.

    2. We acknowledge the mistake and have amended the article as soon as it was detected. We apologise to everyone who was distressed. I was disgusted and am ashamed of the incident happening. Tim

  1. I think the truth needs to be told so it can save lives. When people see the reality of someone taking their own life, it may help them change their mind and seel help instead rather than killing themselves. I also believe they should tell the entire story behind the reason they did this and show the body. It’s not disrespectful, its reality.

  2. Don’t feel too bad Thaiger, mistakes happen.
    This death could have been avoided if the Phuket Authorities would not keep locking down at the slightest excuse.
    Live with the pandemic. Let the ones who are afraid of the virus stay home.
    Let the ones who want to work, or trade take their chance – the tiny chance that covid will kill them …
    I read that in the USA some of the citizens are standing up, and saying NO. we are not locking down and we are not having the vaccinations. They are taking the risk, which I believe is a citizen right to do.

  3. How distressing for the poor mother, it is not meant to be that way, a child loses a parent, they get old, but not this. Her death, more likely than not, could have been avoided. Not saying would have been, but could have been. Did she do what she did because of the present ‘climate’in Phuket, well, in the whole of the non-developed?? world? If she did then it needs be reported, if for personal reasons, then of course no.

  4. “It is not known whether the Covid pandemic had any effect on Kanokwan”

    Not according to the suicide note which, however “disgusted and ashamed” the Thaiger is, the article still gives a direct link to, as well as to her name and family details.

  5. “If she did then it needs be reported, if for personal reasons, then of course no”

    The contents of the letter are still openly available using the link in the article – VERY clearly for “personal reasons” and nothing to do with “the present ‘climate’ in Phuket”.

    Any suggestion to the contrary, either by the media or anyone else, is consequently misinformed at best and deliberately deceptive at worst.

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