FACTS

    The nation of Japan saw more deaths by suicide in the month of October alone than total Covid deaths since the start of the pandemic. Suicide rates were said to have increased by 80% for women and 20% for men since the same time last year. While Japan already had one of the world’s highest suicide rates, Covid has exacerbated the suicide epidemic by vast proportions. In the month of October, 2,153 people committed suicide in the country. The report regarding Japan, where the effects of Covid are said to have been “very minimal compared to other countries” and no lockdown was enacted, has caused concern as to what this will mean for countries in which drastic Covid measures have been taken. In April, an article by a group of researchers that was published in the American Medical Association warned that one of the effects of Covid would likely be an increase in suicides – due to economic stress, social isolation, decreased access to community and religious support, and barriers to mental health treatment, among other things. “Leading theories of suicide emphasize the key role that social connections play in suicide prevention…Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are associated with social isolation and loneliness,” the article read.

    RIGHT

    The Right points out that they have argued this all along: deaths from the virus are only part of the story. Equally devastating and important are factors such as job loss, isolation, addiction, suicide, and mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Reporter Jackie Mundry noted that according to an article released by the International Journal of Medicine, “from a suicide prevention perspective, it is troubling that the most important public health approach for the COVID-19 epidemic is social distancing.” Journalist Anthony Furey tweeted, “If you take the projections of added suicides and cross-reference it with the number of COVID-19 deaths by age bracket, it appears that more people in their 20s, 30s and 40s will have died from lockdown-related suicide than from the virus itself.”

    “K-12 students are more likely to commit suicide from lockdown depression than die of COVID. Wanting to open schools doesn’t make you a conspiracy theorist who wants teachers to die. It means you care about the lives of American children.”

    Cabot Phillips, Editor of The Daily Wire

    LEFT

    The Left argues that greater measures must be taken to address mental health and suicide prevention during the shutdowns.

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