Suicide has been on the rise for the past two decades, but since the onset of COVID-19, the number of people taking their own lives has increased exponentially. You may not have contracted the virus personally or even anyone you know, as many that we’ve spoken to reported not knowing one person who’s been infected with the virus that’s caused the entire world to shut down.
When the pandemic first began, we knew this was unlike anything we’ve ever dealt with in our lifetime. We knew that there would be a trickling down of negative effects. I think for the most part, most of us were weary of this invisible threat. Personally, I went through my home bleaching and spraying Lysol all over the door frames, doorknobs, and any surface I knew saw a lot of traffic. I didn’t allow myself or my children to leave the house. No one was allowed over, and when businesses started to shut down, the fear of the unknown took over.
I was reacting out of emotion. That’s what we see each and every day now, and to an unrealistic degree – emotions have taken over. Forget logic, forget science–this is now about feelings and virtue signaling.
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We were fed so much fear in the first few weeks of COVID-19 through every news anchor, on every television set, and every radio station. FEAR, FEAR, FEAR.
Then came the shutdowns. What began as shorter hours and less people allowed in larger department stores and businesses morphed into total closings-especially smaller businesses. Hospitals restructured entirely, sending hundreds of employees home in preparation for the big wave that was promised to flood and overtake them – the max capacity overwhelming hospitals never came. COVID-19 tents were set up outside of hospitals, while floors inside were vacant. They moved everyone they deemed non-essential out of the hospital, working from home or simply laid off. All elective surgeries, canceled. If you didn’t show symptoms of COVID-19, were there to give birth or to die…you weren’t there. No one was. President Trump even stationed ships off both coasts to handle the projected overflow, again…it never came.
Non-essential businesses were the only things left open for weeks. Hairstylists and gym owners (among others) were being arrested for opening their doors, since basic upkeep was deemed non-essential.
All of a sudden, seemingly overnight only those deemed as “essential workers” were bringing home any money. Those who worked in the service industry, were sent home with no idea when they would be allowed to return. Rent wasn’t being paid. Kids were not in school. Food was getting scarce as any savings left in accounts across the nation quickly dwindled away.
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Churches shut down for the first time that anyone I’ve spoken to can remember. It was the first Easter in most people’s memory that those seeking to worship were not allowed to gather and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. No, churches were not allowed to open their doors. Some churches attempted to hold service from their parking lots, only to be harassed by local police and immediately shut down. Some were even arrested for breaking the stay-at-home order.
Hebrews 10:25, NIV: “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Many of us, including myself dealt with not only illness, but losing a loved one during the COVID-19 lockdown. We were not allowed in the hospital to visit those we loved unless they were literally on their death beds. Even then, we were escorted by nurses through an empty hospital where the only patients being treated were dying.
It was one of the most surreal and dark moments I’ve ever experienced. The silence was deafening. Parking lots and hallways empty. Temperature checked at the door, “VISITOR” name tag slapped on my shirt, I walked through empty hallways to say goodbye to my mother for the very last time. She had no idea I was there. For weeks before, we weren’t allowed in to sit with her and since she was on a ventilator, talking over the phone wasn’t an option. I lost weeks and weeks of caring for my own mother because of this virus, that has killed less people than the seasonal flu… but I digress.
What I experienced, thousands of others also experienced. Holding a memorial service on Zoom, since we weren’t allowed to gather and see our loved ones off, not being able to have the comfort of your favorite loved one’s arms around you…it was absolutely surreal and there are some days where it feels like this was all just a bad dream…that one day we will wake up and everything will be back to the way things were before COVID-19.
What no one is talking about is the strain mentally and emotionally that this pandemic is causing. The inability to work and provide for your family has caused some people to take drastic measures. Some have even gone as far as to rob stores and banks.
No, I’m not talking about the riots and looting we saw post George Floyd death. That’s just another gear in the machine that we see reeking havoc every day that is COVID-19. That monster grew a few heads and we’re still seeing its effects today, nearly two months after Floyd’s death.
COVID-19, fueled by fear from news reports and “experts” weighing in on unclear, and often contradictory data and advice on how to “stop the spread” or “flatten the curve” don’t want to discuss the fact that COVID-related deaths have decreased every single week since the week of April 18th where we peaked at 16,935. Much of these deaths we know were padded with deaths of people who died WITH COVID-19, not FROM COVID-19. Birx and Fauci both admitted as much in press conferences.
“So, I think in this country we’ve taken a very liberal approach to mortality. And I think the reporting here has been pretty straightforward over the last five to six weeks. Prior to that when there wasn’t testing in January and February that’s a very different situation and unknown. There are other countries that if you had a preexisting condition and let’s say the virus caused you to go to the ICU and then have a heart or kidney problem some countries are recording as a heart issue or a kidney issue and not a COVID-19 death. Right now we are still recording it and we will I mean the great thing about having forms that come in and a form that has the ability to market as COVID-19 infection the intent is right now that those if someone dies with COVID-19 we are counting that as a COVID-19 death,” Birx said in an April Coronavirus Task Force press conference.
By the numbers you see below in the second column, we flattened the curve somewhere between April 18th and April 25th. So why are we going through new restrictions? Why are face masks being mandated in some parts of the country?
Have you noticed that the Mainstream Media narrative suddenly switched to numbers of cases, not numbers of deaths related to COVID-19? More fear mongering, more relying on emotion to continue fermenting and stoking the flames of fear rather than relying on science and data. Considering the fact that we’ve ramped up testing for weeks, of course the number is going to continue to increase as more people have access to the test. That’s the only numbers the MSM can rely on to continue to produce this fear, since deaths are decreasing while numbers of new cases are going up.
Isn’t that a good thing? If we’re testing many, many more people and our cases of death are still steadily decreasing, what is there to fear? How many of these numbers reported were fudged?
The Lancet was forced last month to retract some of their articles on COVID-19 “because the data underlying the major conclusions of the work are found to be seriously flawed. These flaws are sometimes, but not always, due to intentional scientific misconduct,” according to The University of Buffalo. Reports published by the Lancet caused the World Health Organization to halt studies on the treatment of COVID-19 using hydroxychloroquine. Mind you, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of The Lancet’s largest donors.
But, let’s get back to the topic at hand…
The lockdowns, forcing us to remain in our homes, away from other people is not so much about “social distancing” as it is physical distancing. The point of social distancing –they say–is to lower the ability to spread/contract the virus by not coming into close contact with others who may have COVID-19. What does that mean for social creatures that not only need the verbal interaction, but also need human touch and emotional connections?
Or, let’s look at the flip side. Whether it’s physical, emotional, psychological, or all of the above, thousands upon thousands are now locked in with their abuser day in and day out. Children who may be being abused at home are no longer able to go to school – possibly their only relief from the abuse and their only connection to resources or counseling.
A recent study that was from The Lancet (again?) which is now unavailable on the site stated that when 8,000 U.S. children aged 8-9 years old were polled, 8% had suicidal thoughts and 2% had actually attempted suicide. Our babies want to die. For _______….fill in the blank. ABC News reported back in March, “School is an important place for screening children for suicidal behaviors and providing preventive education and risk management when needed.”
The ABC report continues: “The authors of the study examined possible risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children. Family conflict was the strongest risk factor for suicidality in this age group, the results of the new study found. In an estimated 50% of youth suicide cases, family factors are involved. In fact, past studies have concluded that children with severe suicidal behavior perceive their mothers as less caring and more overprotective compared to those with mild or no suicidal behavior. In addition, child abuse is associated with repeat presentations to the emergency department for suicide-related behavior, past studies have found.”
With most of our children returning only remotely/online this fall and no contact to counselors they would otherwise be expressing these feelings with…what can we expect to see?
This is not a simple problem and there are no simple solutions because this COVID-19 pandemic isn’t where it ends. It’s the state of the world. It’s waking up to new reports of yet another day of rioting in cities across the country. It’s the fact that in 2020 you can easily set an appointment to murder your unborn child or buy as much liquor as you can stand at our local ABC store but can’t gather with others to worship.
It’s the fact that while rioters are screaming to defund police, but also getting physically injured while trying to destroy property are then calling the police for help. It’s corporate America capitulating to the mob mentality and supporting a movement that’s done nothing for the black community while remaining silent anytime one of these marches or protests claims the lives of a black person. It’s those same mega businesses who will post a black square on their social media profiles, along with a statement on standing with #BLM, but say nothing while Planned Parenthood kills hundreds of thousands of black babies each month. And what about Chicago? Should we even have to say it? Black on black crime is ignored. MSM isn’t interested in crime that is ongoing or contradictory to the racism narrative they’re hell-bent to portray.
We’re truly in bizzaro world. Everything is upside down. Nothing looks normal. You walk out to go pick up some groceries, possibly the only time you’ll be out of your home this week..only to realize that you’re surrounded by mask wearing (often incorrectly, and constantly being readjusted) zombies who are all more than willing to follow the new directional arrows on the store floor.
You may be wondering what you’re going to do now that the funds sent by the government have ran out. Or, you may be one of those who never received a stimulus check or PPP. You’re wondering how you will pay your rent or feed your family with no money coming in whatsoever and no horizon to look forward to.
The thing is, this is July. We’ve been warned since the onset of COVID-19 as far back as February and March that “the summer may show less cases, but don’t be fooled because fall will bring back an even heftier and more deadly wave of Coronavirus, and you probably should just get used to this new normal.”
Nothing about what we see today is normal. Nothing. It’s enough to break anyone, really. Is it really any surprise that suicides are now going through the roof?
Mainstream media would like to focus on suicide deaths rising by way of guns while ignoring the physical violence seen across the country. What little has been said about the rise of suicides since COVID-19 quickly morphed from an epidemic to a pandemic in “mainstream news outlets” is that more people are buying guns, citing new studies conducted by the research arm of Everytown for Gun Safety or Johns Hopkins. I’m sure there’s no underlying agenda there, right? Also cited in many of the recent articles by the MSM is the CDC who reported a 30% increase in suicides in the past decade alone.
The following tables are published on The National Institute of Mental Health, citing the CDC. Take it for what you will. Table 1, with data from the CDC shows suicide as the second leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2017 for ages 10-34. It drops down to 4th from ages 35-54, and even further down the list as a person ages. The top leading death for ages 10-34 is unintentional injury, and the only thing topping suicides for ages 35-54 are unintentional injury, heart disease, and malignant neoplasms – aka cancer.
Figure 1 shows the total suicide rate increasing 31% from 2001-2017. Male suicide rates increased at 4 times a higher rate than women. Men: 22.4%, to womens 6.1% increase during that time period.
Figure 2 shows per 100,000 people who committed suicide, most men were aged 65 and older, with women aged 45-54 showing the highest rates.
As for race per 100,000 data shows that American Indian and Alaskan Natives show the highest suicide rates between 2001-2017, with Whites coming in a close second, and so on.
Figure 4 shows what parts of the country have reported suicides, and to what degree:
Methods of suicide have remained the same for quite some time. Firearms, suffocation, poisoning, and other methods, respectively.
In a recent Oxford Academic paper, it’s pointed out that the only thing comparable to what we’re seeing happen to our world with COVID-19 is the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919 “caused by H1N1 viruses with genes of avian origin.”
It further states, “The Spanish Flu epidemic was associated with an increase in death by suicide. It has been proposed that a decrease in social integration and interaction during the epidemic and the fears caused by the epidemic likely increased suicide. It is important to note that social isolation and fears are common during the current COVID-19 epidemic.”
They also note that there was an increase in suicides for men 65 and over during the 2003 SARS epidemic in Hong Kong. Again, they cite “fears of contracting the illness, fears of being a burden to the family, general anxiety, social isolation and psychological distress” as factors that contribute to people taking their own lives.
Several cases have been seen in the Mainstream Media, including a man aged 65 who was already battling cancer when he was told he contracted COVID-19, a 19-year-old British female who took her own life over “fears of mental health impacts,” and of course the female NYC ER doctor who allegedly was so overwhelmed with patients and guilt that she killed herself, just to name a few. Most of the suicides being reported by the MSM aren’t mentioning COVID-19 as having any effect either way on those who have chosen to end their lives by their own hands, but many more each and every day in fact, do..
Suicide prevention hotlines across the country are also seeing a 1000% increase in the amount of calls they’re receiving. 1,000! With many fearing for the mental and emotional state of their friends and family, and oftentimes the operators are the last person the troubled person speaks with before they go through with it.
While most of these places encourage physical exercise, a daily routine while on lockdown, and to limit the amount of alcohol consumed…we’re on actual lockdown where you must wear a mask at most gyms, most parks are either closed or again, you must wear a mask, and liquor stores remain open on every corner in most towns.
Of course, masks remove so much of our identity. You can no longer see other people’s smiles when out in public, they completely dehumanize everything that makes us social creatures.
Encouraging things that are impossible (or quite difficult) for people who are feeling depressed and anxious about the future doesn’t seem very helpful. If anything, I would think that would compound these feelings.
So what are we looking at going forward? I’m not sure any of us know. We have contradictory data coming in from the “health experts,” we see the economy holding on by its toenails, and civil unrest in many cities across the country. These towns are destroyed.
All I can offer by way of comfort is to put every ounce of your trust in the Lord. Use this time to draw closer to him. Make it a priority. In the end, the rest will all fall away. What remains is your faith and your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s plan is perfect, and what will be will be. I’m not here to preach, only to offer real peace in your heart.
In the meantime, call that friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Make sure your elderly neighbors have what they need and are getting daily meals, and household items. Offer to help clean up their home for them or run an errand. Sit with them and just listen for a while. Let them decompress and learn something from the wise in the process. Try to use this time to reach out to others. While we’re not “allowed” to be physically close to others, we can still make meaningful connections with those that need to hear from us by way of a phone call, messages online, emails or video messages. So do it. It may be enough to get that person through one more day, just knowing that they’re not forgotten about and that they’re on SOMEONE’s mind.
We can’t control what is happening around us, but we can control how and what we do with the time that we’ve been given with this lockdown. Use it wisely.