Mental Health During The Pandemic

Bria Dixon, September 28, 2020

Suicide Increase During Coronavirus

Research

Article: “Are suicides on the rise during the COVID-19 Pandemic? (Russel Falcon)

  • The CDC reported that mental health issues are rising in adults during the pandemic
  • Suicide rates have been increasing since 2018
  • “From June 24th to the 30th, the CDC reports that U.S adults reported mental health conditions in high numbers due to COVID-19.
  • Who’s the most at risk for sucide?
  • People who have contracted the virus
  • People with preexisting conditions
  • Immunocompromised individuals
  • Individuals with a history of substance abuse
  • Younger people
  • Latinx and Black pop.
  • Seriously Considered Suicide in the 30 days before the June CDC survey
  • 18–24 (25.5%)
  • Essential Workers (21.7%)
  • Minority racial/ethnic groups(18.6% Hispanic, 15.1% non-Hispanic Black)
  • Assisted living or the elderly

In 2018, Texas ranked 38th in suicide death rates, according to AFSP on average one person was reported as having died by suicide every two hours. According to Health and human Services in 2019, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Texans ages 15 to 34 and is also the fourth-leading cause of death for Texans ages 35 to 44.

Psychiatric doctors have stated…

“The measures we currently take to protect ourselves from COVID-19 infection can easily contribute to an increase in depression and suicidal thoughts. (Ie: economic stress, social isolation, decreased access to community, barriers to mental health treatment, and illness.

Article: “Military Suicides Have Increased By As Much As 20% During the Coronavirus Pandemic” (CBS News)

  • Compared to 2019, suicide reportings in the military have increased by 20% causes of suicide are complex but army and air force officials think it could be due to COVID
  • Why? Warzone deployments, national disasters, and civil unrest
  • Senior and Army leaders say there has been a 30% jump in active duty suicides.
  • Active Duty Suicides?
  • As a result they’re shortening combat deployments
  • The active Armies 30% spike from 88 last year to 114 this year
  • The Army Guard is up about 10%, 78 last year to 86 this year
  • The Navy has lowered.
  • The first three months of 2020 military suicides were low, but picked back up in Spring.
  • The Air Force and reserves? Had 98 suicides as of Sept 15 it was the same last year in the same period
  • Deployment is stretched from 10 months to 11 months because of the two-week coronavirus quarantines

Senior mental health specialist at the Wounded Warrior Project Roger Brooks stated veterans are reporting increased suicidal symptoms and anxiety. B/w April and the end of August, the group saw 48% jump in referrals to mental health providers and a 10% increase in mental health calls and virtual support sessions, compared to the previous five months.

Nothing can be pinpointed in 2020 data, but the numbers align with when COVID began. This goes for both articles.

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The U.S See a Rise in Suicide Reportings During COVID Pandemic

The CDC conducted a survey that asked civilians about their experience/mental health during the pandemic. And during the week of June 24th-June 30th, U.S adults reported mental health spikes due to COVID-19. In the survey 25.5% of 18–24 year olds reported that they “seriously thought about suicide.” Essential workers reported 21.7%, while minority and racial groups such as Hispanic reported 18.6%, and 15.1% from non-Hispanic Black individuals. Mental Health can affect everyone and no one is exempt from it. But there are certain individuals who are at a higher risk for suicide (ie: people who have contracted the virus, people with prexisting conditions, immunolcompromised civilians, younger people, and the Latinx and Black population. These groups are not the only ones affected mentally by the virus. There has been a 20% increase in Military suicides since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Due to reported warzone deployments, natural disasters, and civil unrest military officials watch as the losses increase. Compared to 2019, “suicide reportings in the military have increased by 20% causes of suicide are complex but army and air force officials think it could be due to COVID.”(CBSNews) Both Senior and Army officials stated that there is a 30% increase in active duty suicides. Which is a full time service in the military or armed forces. This 30% spike in numbers shows that 88 in 2019 to 114 this year. And the Army Guard increased by 10%, which means 78 last year to 86 this year. Military suicides are unfortunately common, but there was a spike in the season of Spring. Due to job losses, the death rate increase, isolation, the precautions that we need to take to stay safe are harmful to anyone’s mental health, there’s no sense of community, we can’t leave the house comfortably, individuals who seek community, and a sense of normalcy to cope with anxiety or depression, can longer cope in the same way they were able to before the pandemic.