A Good Day to Die: Inside a suicidal mind
Poignant, honest and powerful – a rare glimpse into the tormented inner battle against suicide.
In 2019, Singapore had 400 reported suicides, with an increasing number of young people choosing to take their lives.
It is estimated that 800,000 people globally kill themselves every year. Our post pandemic world, with its numerous disruptions, has also forced more people to seek help for mental health issues. While much has been said about the toll on mental health, there is little understanding of why people choose to kill themselves, especially when many like celebrities Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, had so much to live for.
Author Mahita Vas has battled suicidal thoughts for all her adult life. She even lost one of those battles and tried to kill herself, only to be rescued within seconds of breathing her last. It is difficult for those left behind to understand why their loved one would choose to die.
A Good Day to Die offers readers an intimate exploration of an anguished mind, weaving personal experience with academic reports.
Mahita Vas was diagnosed with Type 1 bipolar disorder in 2005, after more than twenty years of struggling with mood swings and suicidal ideation. As a mental health advocate, she speaks candidly about mental health. She is also a volunteer with Transient Workers Count Too. After a career in advertising and hospitality with some of the world’s leading companies, Mahita retired to focus on her family. Mahita is married and has twin daughters in their late twenties.
She has written four books. Her debut work, Praying to the Goddess of Mercy, a memoir on mood swings, was published in 2012 while her novel, Rain Tree, was launched at a writer’s festival in 2016 before it went on to become a local bestseller. Her third work, a thrilling crime fiction novel It Happened on Scrabble Sunday was published in 2019. Her memoir and fourth book, A Good Day to Die, was released in mid-2021.