CNET: 13 suicide and crisis intervention hotlines to call or text when you need help. “This guide outlines many different organizations in the US (some service other countries as well) that can provide support, resources and counseling, whether you are in a crisis situation or not. This list is not exhaustive, and it’s worth Googling to find any local services available where you live as well.” Of course if you or someone are in immediate crisis, call 911, do not wait. And also: don’t feel bad if you need to call or text one of these services. These are unprecedented times and most of us need a boost. NO SHAME.
Newswise: Despite concerns, pandemic did not increase suicidal thoughts in veterans. “Many public health experts feared the COVID-19 pandemic would cause an increase in suicidal behavior among U.S. military veterans, a group that already has high rates of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder and which experienced a 30% surge in suicides between 2010 and 2018. New evidence, however, suggests that during the first eight months of the pandemic that did not happen.”
NBC News: Prison suicides have been rising for years. Experts fear the pandemic has made it worse.. “Nationwide, prison suicides have been increasing for years, and some experts worry worsening conditions and staff shortages brought on by the pandemic may accelerate that rise. Delays in data reporting, though, make it difficult to tell: The most recent national figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed an 85 perccent increase in state and federal prison suicides from 2001 to 2018, but 2020 data won’t come out until next year.”
Inside Medicine: Schools opened, suicide attempts in girls skyrocketed.. “After a year of speculation over a brewing mental health crisis among kids and adolescents, in June the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finally released data showing that starting in February of 2021, the number of suspected suicide attempts had dramatically increased among girls ages 12-17 in the United States as compared to 2019. You could almost hear a collective, we told you so, from pundits who had spent the year decrying the closure of schools as Covid-19 tore through the country. To them, these statistics were proof positive that closing schools had brutalized kids. Here’s the snag: the rate of suicide attempts appears to have been inversely related to school closures.”
KOAA: Virtual Reality being used to curb military suicide rate. “The most recent VA and DOD numbers show 503 service and 193 family members died by suicide in 2019. 17.6 veterans died by suicide daily in 2018. So far, a thousand airmen have taken part in this VR training and 98 percent of them said they would recommend it to others according to Moth and Flame.”
New York Times: As Pandemic Took Hold, Suicide Rose Among Japanese Women. “The rising psychological and physical toll of the pandemic has been accompanied by a worrisome spike in suicide among women. In Japan, 6,976 women took their lives last year, nearly 15 percent more than in 2019. It was the first year-over-year increase in more than a decade.”
New York Times: Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen. “Superintendents across the nation are weighing the benefit of in-person education against the cost of public health, watching teachers and staff become sick and, in some cases, die, but also seeing the psychological and academic toll that school closings are having on children nearly a year in. The risk of student suicides has quietly stirred many district leaders, leading some, like the state superintendent in Arizona, to cite that fear in public pleas to help mitigate the virus’s spread. In Clark County, it forced the superintendent’s hand.”
Washington Post: Japan and South Korea see surge of suicides among young women, raising new questions about pandemic stress
Washington Post: Japan and South Korea see surge of suicides among young women, raising new questions about pandemic stress. “Suicide rates among young women have increased notably in Japan and South Korea, raising possible links to the prolonged coronavirus pandemic as it amplifies stress levels, worsens economic woes and aggravates feelings of loneliness and isolation.”
Washington Post: For months, he helped his son keep suicidal thoughts at bay. Then came the pandemic.
Washington Post: For months, he helped his son keep suicidal thoughts at bay. Then came the pandemic.. “Since the coronavirus arrived, depression and anxiety in America have become rampant. Federal surveys show 40 percent of Americans are now grappling with at least one mental health or drug-related problem. But young adults have been hit harder than any other age group, with 75 percent struggling. Even more alarming, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently asked young adults if they had thought about killing themselves in the past 30 days, 1 of 4 said they had.”
Wired: Trump’s Strangest Lie: A Plague of Suicides Under His Watch. “IN [October 22nd’s] presidential debate, Donald Trump repeated one of his more unorthodox reelection pitches. ‘People are losing their jobs,’ he said. ‘They’re committing suicide. There’s depression, alcohol, drugs at a level that nobody’s ever seen before.’ It’s strange to hear an incumbent president declare, as an argument in his own favor, that a wave of suicides is occurring under his watch. It’s even stranger given that it’s not true.
Washington Post: Suicide rates during the pandemic remained unchanged. Here’s what we can learn from that.
Washington Post: Suicide rates during the pandemic remained unchanged. Here’s what we can learn from that.. “As an emergency room physician, I kept an eye out during my shifts in the weeks following Trump’s March 24 statement. It seemed to me that we had fewer suicidal patients than usual. I called a colleague across town at another hospital. He thought he might be observing the opposite in his ER, that there might have been an uptick in patients with suicidal thoughts or attempts. Along with a team of researchers, I set out to try to find out what was happening. But we would have to wait. Death by suicide takes longer to be reported and finalized than most other causes of death. Every suicide death is investigated and its final cause directly adjudicated by a medical examiner, making the process slower but ultimately more reliable. It turns out that both […]
Washington Post: Virus shutdowns took a grim toll on amputee veterans who died by suicide, families say
Washington Post: Virus shutdowns took a grim toll on amputee veterans who died by suicide, families say. “As coronavirus restrictions unfurled a dangerous mix of depression and anxiety, the scourge of suicide cut through a tiny community of amputee veterans in recent months, claiming at least three in a group where isolation is already a potent risk factor.”
Yahoo Sports: Tom Brady claims on COVID-19 death toll, suicide deemed ‘false’ by PolitiFact. “On Tuesday, Tom Brady made a claim on Instagram that death by suicide has outpaced COVID-19 deaths in the last two months. PolitiFact, a website dedicated to combating misinformation and run by the Poynter Institute, looked into Brady’s claim and concluded that the statement by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback was false.”