A Teacher Commits Suicide in Embu and Asks to be buried on Valentine’s Day

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A teacher has left Embu residents in shock after leaving a bizarre note and committing suicide on Wednesday 7th February.

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The suicide note indicates the reason for ending his life as well as the manner in which the deceased desires to be buried.

“Just decided to rest in peace. I have tried all means but it has been in vain,” the suicide note read in part.

The note dictated that he should be buried on Valentine’s Day, 14th February, and that his ex-girlfriend should be the one to read his eulogy. The teacher had also written that his sendoff should be organized by the area MCA.

Regrettably, the deceased has hinted that no one listened to him when he explained his woes to friends and relatives.

An indication of depression, the teacher remarked that he had spoken with 17 people over his estranged relationship but no one had bothered to listen or offer advice to him.

“I have pleaded with (the ex-girlfriend) but all has fallen on deaf ears,” he regretted.

The departed teacher tasked his relatives to search if he had any kids elsewhere so that they could be beneficiaries of his estate.

Preparations of the burial ceremony were left to two members of the county assembly who were given specific instructions to ensure a picture he left behind was used as part of the programme.

There have been numerous cases of teachers committing suicide in Kenya, many of them going unreported. One teacher committed suicide recently in Biretwonin, Baringo County, leaving behind small children who are now partially orphaned.

This shows the high level of stress, anxiety and depression that teachers go through in the country. Imagine earning KES 17,000 and doing all the laborious work that teachers do.

Even your girlfriend will leave you for greener pastures, but the solution should not involve suicide. Counsellors, medics, and psychologists recommend seeking help whenever you experience any mental health issue. Call the Kenya Red Cross toll-free hotline, 1199, for support.

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Fredrick Chepkonga

Mr. Fredrick Chepkonga is an educator and writer in Kenya with great experience in writing and research on education, economics, and finance topics. He has passion in mentoring young people to develop responsible citizens and future leaders.

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