Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps

A 36-year-old mother who was purportedly suffering from post-natal depression killed herself by taking pills in an office at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon on Sunday.

The woman, an assistant professor in the university’s Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, was on maternity leave, Oriental Daily reported.

On Saturday night, she left home on her own and could not be reached by her family. At noon the next day, relatives went to the woman’s office at the Lee Shau Kei Building on the campus and found her lying unconsciously on the floor next to a pill bottle. She was certified dead after an ambulance arrived.

Police officers found a suicide note in the office and believed that she was suffering from post-natal depression, Apple Daily reported. The actual cause of her death will be determined after an autopsy is completed.

A university official expressed condolences to the woman’s family and said PolyU would provide assistance to her family and her students.

The Samaritans run a 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline at +852 2896 0000. E-mails can be sent to jo@samaritans.org.hk.