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Causes of suicide not always straightforward


The reasons why people take their own lives aren’t always clear, mental health experts say; a multitude of biological and psychological factors may be involved in how individuals respond to difficult circumstances in life.

The world may never know everything that contributed to the apparent suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse who took a prank call from Australian radio DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.

Saldanha’s name became public only after her death. She was found hanging from a wardrobe door at her hospital living quarters, a coroner’s court in London heard Thursday. Saldanha left three notes; the contents were not made public.

She worked as a nurse at King Edward VII’s Hospital, where Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was being treated last week for acute morning sickness. Saldanha put the call through to the ward where Prince William’s wife was staying. A different nurse gave out information about Catherine’s condition.

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