A 23-year-old national-level swimmer has committed suicide at her Mumbai home in Lower Parel.
Tanika Dhara had won a silver medal in the one-metre springboard event at the 70th National Aquatics Tournament in September 2016. She also worked as a junior clerk with the Western Railway.
She had won a bronze medal in the 35th National Games in Thiruvanathauram in 2015.
Dhara was found by her friend and neighbours and was rushed to the hospital. But it was too late. Her parents, who live in Kolkata, have been informed.
According to the police, the motive behind the suicide is yet to be ascertained and the investigation is still on.
Suicide rates in India have doubled in the the last three to five years, with women attempting suicide more than men. Suicide is more prevalent among the ages of 15-29.
However, the stigma around mental health is decreasing, and more people are going out and getting help. There are suicide helplines and counselling centres that those in need can avail of. You can find out some more information on mental health and suicide prevention here.
If you or anyone you know has suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help immediately.