With the Associated Press reporting that there’s no evidence that suicide rates will rise during a national crisis like the current pandemic, and left-wing blogs like Reason.com publish a story with the headline, “Trump Was Probably Wrong About Coronavirus and Suicides, But the Associated Press Botched Its Fact-Check,” just to trash President Donald Trump for saying that suicidal thoughts could rise due to the Disease That May Not Be Named (DTMNBN-19), you have to wonder when these leftists will finally learn that even though Trump doesn’t speak in mellifluous tones the way they desire, in the end, he’s usually proven right?
Well, now the evidence is in.
Isolation and anxiety caused by the DTMNBN-19 pandemic are starting to take their toll, with calls to a National Suicide Prevention Hotline ticking up 300 %, KVLY reports.
Different suicide prevention providers throughout the US have also seen spikes in calls because the DTMNBN-19 virus threw everyday life awry for millions.
“It’s so scary, it’s almost like … I would rather be dead,” says Danielle Sinay, a writer in New York City with a history of suicidal thoughts, USA Today reports. “I mean, I wouldn’t be, but sometimes I get so scared it feels like that.”
President Donald Trump, who has been pushing to lift restrictions on most people as quickly as possible, has warned of “suicides by the 1000’s” if folks stay isolated, Forbes reported.
Over 487,000 cases of the DTMNBN-19 virus have been confirmed worldwide with more than 22,000 deaths as of March 26, says Johns Hopkins University. The US has more than 69,000 confirmed cases with more than 1,000 deaths.
The World Health Organization has declared DTMNBN-19 a global pandemic, and the US has declared a national emergency. A number of states like California and New York, have implemented tough isolation orders in an attempt to cease, or at least slow down, the spread of the virus.
“There are ramifications, sometimes fatal, with events like these that are not just related to getting infected or dying from infection or consequences of infection,” said Eric Caine, co-director of the Center for the Study of Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester Medical Center, USA Today reported.
The rising anxiety can be seen in what people are looking for online. Google searches for “panic attack symptoms” have gone up 100 % in comparison with last year, based on Google search results.
“The outbreak of DTMNBN-19 disease 2019 may be stressful for people,” the CDC said. “Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.”
The Boston Globe reported, that the national Crisis Text Line dealt with 6,000 text conversations last week, about twice the normal number, said spokeswoman Ashley Womble.
In Portland, Oregon, suicide-related 911 calls rose 23 % just over the past 10 days, in comparison with 10 days prior to the city declaring an emergency, The Oregonian reported. All 911 calls within the city dropped 10 % during the same period.
Separate suicide prevention efforts in Portland report rising calls from folks who feel very anxious, depressed or frightened, however not in calls from those feeling acutely suicidal, in line with the publication. Officers concern which will change.
How would these people have lasted through the Great Depression or either of the World Wars? Were there safe spaces during that time?
“If this nears a large disaster like Hurricane Katrina, there is a flood coming,” said Chris Bouneff, executive director of the Oregon chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Oregonian reported.
Officials working at the Samaritans hotline, the biggest suicide prevention hotline in Massachusetts, say they received 350 calls a day last week, up from the traditional 250 to 275 calls, according to the Boston Globe. Text messages are on pace to top 1,000 for March — a record amount.
In Portland, most callers reported feeling anxiously fearful instead of suicidal, said Ron White, Chief Program Officer at Samaritans.
“Isolation is a big trigger for a lot of people,” said Norine VanderHooven, a licensed clinical social worker in California, USA Today reported. “People are becoming so anxious because they don’t know what to expect. Anxiety is fear of the unexpected or unknown.”
Experts recommend people keep to a routine schedule, exercise, eat a healthy, meditate and take walks to quell their anxieties.
Keep away from information overload if it will increase your fear and stave off feelings of isolation by staying in contact with friends or family by phone or online.
“None of us are immune to this feeling of anxiety and stress,” said Leticia Sainz, interim deputy director of Multnomah County’s behavioral health division, The Oregonian reported. “I think we’re still really seeing the beginnings of the effects of this.”
If you feel a lot of anxiety and need someone to talk to, reach out for help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800 273-8255 or you can text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.