The ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who hung herself in her family's Brooklyn home on Sunday had suffered from extreme depression brought on in part by being forced to marry her first cousin, a "family insider" tells the NY Post. Sara Mayer, 31, was found dead in her parents' Borough Park home not long after being released from a Staten Island psychiatric center. Her sister, Faigy Mayer, had killed herself in July.

The family insider tells the Post that Sara Mayer "had a nervous breakdown on the eve of her arranged wedding about five years ago" and had been mentally and physically abused by her relatives her whole life. "[Her suicide] was a family mental-health and abuse issue on top of being forced into marriage with her first cousin,” the source said. "Ever since [her marriage], she has been in and out of mental hospitals."

The marriage, to the son of her mother's sister, was reportedly annulled five months after it began. Arranged marriages are common in ultra-Orthodox communities, and the divorce process can be brutal. A non-profit group, Unchained at Last, attempts to help women who feel trapped in such marriages and wish to leave their husbands.

Sara's sister Faigy left the community without marrying, but, like many, struggled to adapt to secular society after her family cut off contact with her. A week before she committed suicide, she wrote a lengthy email to friends describing her struggles adjusting to life outside the community, declaring, "IF PEOPLE WERE ALLOWED TO THINK, THEY WOULD NOT BE RELIGIOUS. Thinking analytically when it comes to basic life decisions is something new to me and something I still struggle with, 5 years after leaving."

At Sara's funeral yesterday, her father Israel Mayer said, "Both my eyes are crying, one for each child. I’m asking forgiveness from you if I didn’t do enough for you. I saw you suffering, and I tried my best. We put her in this hospital, we put her in that hospital, until her soul left her."

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.