Suicide Rates are Expected to Increase Amid the Pandemic, and After
The Emerald Magazine / October 10, 2020
COVID-19 has taken more than 44 millions lives globally. However the pandemic has not just taken the lives of those who’ve lost the fight with the coronavirus, but also those who did not win the fight with their own mental thoughts.
At least for some cities on the West Coast like Los Angeles, crisis lines have received more calls amid the pandemic.
A non-profit organization based in L.A., Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, provides mental health, substance-use disorder and suicide prevention services. In February 2020, they received 20 calls related to COVID-19. In March, they received more than 1,800 calls, Los Angeles Times reported. Of all those calls, one-in-five included “suicide desires.” Callers also spoke about anxiety, stress, health issues, relationships, loneliness and isolation.
“We know that the longer this goes on, unfortunately, the more losses there will be — not just lives but also economic,” Lyn Morris, senior vice president of clinical operations at Didi Hirsch told Los Angeles Times. “And the more hopeless and helpless people become, the more at risk they are for substance use, depression and other mental health issues.”