SUICIDE and MENTAL HEALTH
I have the fortune of having clients who work in the public health sector and law enforcement sector. They have reported an increase in calls for suicide prevention. Nationally, the numbers for teen suicide and young adult suicide are elevated.
So what are the issues with an increase in Mental Health?
In my area, I have had some clients do voluntary check ins for 48hour -30 days holds due to their own struggles for mental health in the time of this pandemic. The cost of Joblessness, Isolation and anxiety is high. Studies from multiple institutions show that anxiety even in young children is higher than typical.
Our Family has been personally touched by suicide during this time.
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According to a Study in Massachusetts at a Womens hospital, Domestic violence between intimate partners is increased by 500% when compared to each of the 3 previous years. That is a fairly staggering statistic, especially when you consider that these are the reported cases. There are many more who suffer in silence because they believe it is related only to the stress of the current situation. Or, it has never happened before. The sentiment of “They said they were sorry” often prevents people from talking about violence as well.
In the case of abuse or neglect of children, some of the Law Enforcement officers have reported that they are more concerned than ever, because schools are a safe haven for many children. Locking them out has taken away their support system. They expect to see number of cases reported skyrocket with the return to the classroom. In some cases, dreading that return to the classroom, while also looking forward to helping these kids out of bad Situations.
According to a study published in the BC Medical Journal:
Previous pandemics have had children as the top victims. They report that the number one cause of childhood death is Abuse from Family or Friend. Children are more likely during quarantine to experience neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, seeing abuse against a parent, and emotional abuse.
Long term effects of abuse on children under the age of 15 lead to behavior issues and learning issues along the continuum. These children are less likely to develop meaningful relationships. They are less likely to trust others. Less likely to talk about what is happening at home. And social workers have been advised to minimize interventions as to lessen contact with others outside their own home.
Education Suffers, But is closing schools necessary?
Last spring, millions of students suffered with a sudden and unprepared shift to online education. While a few districts across the country managed this transition well, most did not. Our 3rd grade students, who are on a special education plan, had 90 minutes of instruction per day with no way to contact their teacher about questions. While they are supposed to get a specific number of hours per week with the Special Education Team by LAW, they had no contact. No Support, and lost ground in so many ways. Their primary teacher did not reach out to the SPED team to indicate a struggle was happening at all. We, as parents, received an email 4 weeks in that assignments were incomplete or not done at all. When I asked what needed to be done for one assignment, it took 24 hours to get a response. Unacceptable.
Risk of Transmission
We’ve been told to follow the science. Follow the Data. Follow the correct information. But shutting down schools is not supported by the science or the data. In fact, if we truly follow all the data back to the 1918 Spanish flu (H1N1); quarantine and mask wearing is a bad idea in general.
So where does that leave the kids and education?
Again following the data, The EU says we should re-open at a minimum primary education centers. That student to teacher transmission rates were less than 0.1%. That the students were more likely to contract the virus while at home than in the classroom.
The EU has also taken into account the cost to underserved children and homes with lower incomes. They have decided that the cost of not being in the classroom is high. With working parents who have “Essential Jobs” like cleaning, housekeeping, Nursing, Physician, Physical Therapy and Grocery clerks; it was too difficult for the family unit to have the children at home. The lack of social development by not interacting with same aged peers was also deemed to be too great. That being at home, isolated, could cause anxiety to occur at earlier ages. Causing more harmful mental health issues in adolescence and young adulthood.
In Finland, Where school has continued without interruption, there are 1.2 million students and staff. Less than 200 have tested positive for Covid-19
Here is History on recent Pandemics and Quarantine:
1918 Spanish Flu (H1N1) variation of influenza A
- Infected approximately 500Million people (1/3 worlds population of 1.5 billion)
- US population was 102,300,000.
- Deaths world wide: 50 Million
- Deaths in the US: 675,000; 564,000 in the first 8 months while states and cities quarantined.
- Quarantine was put in place in several states and also individual cities where states did not have policies
- masks were required in public
- hand washing highly encouraged to be regularly completed.
- Highest mortality was <5 yoa, 20-40 yoa and greater than 65 yoa.
1957/58 Pandemic (H2N2) Variation of influenza A
- No Quarantine
- Hand washing encouraged
- No Masks
- Stay home if you feel vulnerable.
- 2.9 billion people worldwide,
- 174.9 Million in the US
- Deaths Worldwide: 1.1 Million
- Deaths in the US 116,000
1968/69 (H3N2) Variation of Influenza A
- No Quarantine
- CDC said you should be out if you felt comfortable, as exposure would actually boost the immune system
- 3.5 Billion people WorldWide
- 200 Million people in the US
- 1 million Deaths worldwide
- 100,000 deaths in the US
- Wood Stock Held in August 1969, right in the middle of the pandemic.
If we go by the data shown above, Pulled from the CDC website on pandemics, we are in for a lot more carnage. Currently, we have 7.59 Billion people world wide, 328 million in the United States. IF we look at the data from the 1918 Spanish flu and extrapolate, 1.2 million US citizens will die. That means that as of writing this article, we are less than 25% of the way.
YES, medical has advanced. But we haven’t cured anything in this country since small pox.
What happened to the Flu?
Currently, the CDC says flu numbers are low. But flu testing is also around 1/100th its normal numbers. So how do we know?
If you have had the experience of having a test done, look at your results. Your test can say either Coronavirus or COVID-19 PCR test results. The Corona Virus test tests for ALL corona virus, including cold or flu. A Positive test is NOT a Positive COVID test. Yet many Point of Care Facilities are reporting these numbers as such. So our infection rate is sky high, while likely being false + for COVID and false reporting of COVID.
Which of these tests did you get?
Research Published in JAMA reported that since the start of the pandemic, Cancer diagnosis dropped 74%
The Breast Cancer Awareness month reported a decrease of 54% of new cases From April 2020-October 2020
Colorectal cancer diagnosis was down at least 31% in the same time frame.
Pancreatic cancer diagnosis was down by 25%
Lung cancer, and Esophageal cancer detection was also down according to the study
Cause: Routine screenings were either cancelled, could not be rescheduled this calendar year, or people were to afraid to go out and get them.
As you can see, The cost of the pandemic to health has a lot of collateral damage.
Please do your research and know the facts.