My name is Tamira Mehan and I am 45 years old. The recent events of my life have been very hard to bear. To put it rather simply, I had no support from my family nor my friends in what I was going through. I was overwhelmed to the point that I left my home to go live in an apartment. I lived on Sevoke Rd in Siliguri just for two months before the loneliness overcame me. I felt that no one cared about my wellbeing anymore. So, on March 5th, 2015, I decided to commit suicide along the railway line. Although there were onlookers, I paid no heed to them. I felt that I was so ready to die and that there was nothing more to live for. I don’t know how much time passed before Didi Margret came by. I later found out that she was called from the DMWSC by two people known as Krishna Panchal and by Tejal Pandya. These last two know the DMWSC very well. As Margret approached me, she gently spoke and encouraged me to get off the railway line. I told her that I had tied myself onto it because I had no reason to go on living, since all those I cared for the most had abandoned me. I told her that this happened more than once, at a time when I was very sick. It was so difficult for me to say, since I choked through my sobs and felt tears rolling down my face. As Didi Margret continued to listen, she whispered kindly that she could help me if I gave her a chance. She told me that life can get better and that there was no use ending it there.
I do not know how, but I felt that Margret’s presence and her words were just what I needed to hear. After some time, I felt more comfortable with her and began to trust her. For the first moment in a long time, I began trusting someone. My heart started feeling less heavy and was willing to accept this assistance. At the moment in which I felt a glimmer of hope, I stopped crying and quickly untied my feet from the railway line. As I stood up, I felt a push of strength which allowed me to walk along with Margret and return back to my apartment.
In the days that followed, I got to know Didi Margret more. She referred me to some of her colleagues who work in social support. Thanks to her and to them, I have been able to view my life differently. Although I still struggle to maintain good personal relationships with some friends and close family members, I do not feel as sad as before. This is almost all due to Didi Margret’s care, for she has shown me that despite how hard life can be, there is always someone that cares and will look out for you. For that, I thank the DMWSC and encourage them to continue promoting the work that they do in improving the lives of their target communities.
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