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Friday, May 22, 2020

Doctors at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA say they have seen more deaths by suicide during this quarantine period than deaths from the COVID-19 virus.

The head of the trauma in the department believes mental health is suffering so much, it is time to end the shelter-in-place order. "Personally I think it's time," said Dr. Mike de Boisblanc. "I think, originally, this (the shelter-in-place order) was put in place to flatten the curve and to make sure hospitals have the resources to take care of COVID patients.We have the current resources to do that and our other community health is suffering." The numbers are unprecedented, he said.

"We've never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time," he said. "I mean we've seen a year's worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks."

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My sister is an ER surgeon here in SF and she was saying the same thing the other day.

If you need help, reach out to services that are available in your local area.

#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-05-22 06:20 PM | Reply

"Suicides on the rise amid stay-at-home order"

Just curious, is the rise greater than the reduction in automobile fatalities?
Coronavirus stay-at-home orders have reduced traffic accidents by half
www.latimes.com
In California it "works out to about 15,000 fewer collisions per month and 6,000 fewer injury accidents per month"
"Similarly, the average daily number of vehicle collisions involving injuries and fatalities in the 10 days prior to the order was 562, compared with 274 per day in the 10 days after the order was issued."

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-22 06:53 PM | Reply

We can achieve herd immunity to suicide if we just let it wash over us. The ones that die were sick and would have been dead soon anyway.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-22 07:02 PM | Reply

"Doctors at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA say they have seen more deaths by suicide during this quarantine period"

If liquor stores weren't deemed essential services, would this still be true?

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-22 07:02 PM | Reply

The suicide rate jumps about 1% per 1% increase in the unemployment rate.

If only we could do something to help people who have lost their income...

Maybe we could do what Europe did and give everyone a check each month?

No. That's socialist!

It's a better idea to make them wait in the unemployment line then make them prove they lost their job due to COVID-19 before making them wait a couple weeks for a check despite bills piling up and their bank account going dry!

If only we had known before mid-March this was a seriously virus and we needed to take action! Oh wait, we did?

But there isn't anything we could do. I mean look at the South Koreans.

What? They immediately rolled out massive testing and contact tracing leading to a low infection and death rate thereby allowing them to keep their economy open?

Well...good for them... I'm sure it will be magically gone by April like Trump said. What do you mean it's May already?

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-22 08:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There will be more when the Orange turd gets flushed November 3rd.

#6 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-05-22 09:04 PM | Reply

This surprises me. I was thinking more in terms of middle-aged men with families to support:

"Hansen and deBoisblanc say they are seeing mostly young adults die by suicide."

I wonder if they are feeling bleak not just about their own personal situations but also about the state of world affairs?

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-22 09:27 PM | Reply

#7 hard not to sympathize with that. The generation before them was the first to inherit a world worse off than their parents. This generation isn't faring much better.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-22 10:35 PM | Reply

#7 That's normally who kills themselves, young adults.
Imagine being stuck at home with abusive parents for six weeks.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-22 11:42 PM | Reply

And to think someone here told me I had a sick mind back in march for stating that people rushing out to buy guns plus the unprecedented stress factors it appeared that were about to grip the country was a deadly combination.

#10 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-05-23 01:50 AM | Reply

The state of world affairs has always been pretty sad. And the parents raising kids in the Roaring 20's had their kids raising kids during the great depression. So that hasn't really changed. TV seems to be the problem, promoting the fantasy of a totally blissful life.
Life is toil,troubles and boredom with MOMENTARY bouts of joy and happiness. That's what makes them special.

#11 | Posted by bruceaz at 2020-05-23 10:45 AM | Reply

"I wonder if they are feeling bleak not just about their own personal situations but also about the state of world affairs?"

People see more of what goes on in the world today thanks to technology. And as we all know you can go to the Internet and find whatever you want. Happiness, sadness, sickness, anything. The truth, lies, in between, etc.

And with that exposure to such information and miss information there's going to be a group of people who Will be very impacted by that

#12 | Posted by eberly at 2020-05-23 11:03 AM | Reply

#12 didn't think about the Internet so I think the real problem is cell phones.

#13 | Posted by bruceaz at 2020-05-23 11:11 AM | Reply

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During the stay at home order timeframe I imagine the activity and amount of time overall spent on social media has gone through the roof

And almost all of it on a smart phone. If "negativity "or "despair " could be measured, I can imagine we've generated so much of that during this time. Not just because of it being a pandemic but also because of the amount of time spent on social media.

#14 | Posted by eberly at 2020-05-23 11:24 AM | Reply

The real problem is ashholes taking everything and leaving 99% of the population with crumbs, that they then try to take as well. Unfunded pensions, union busting legislation, general greedy self centered dickishness.

If the suicidal turned their anger outward to the real culprits, we might get a more equitable society in the wake of their violent outbursts.

Expecting RichF**ks to help or even be fair to anyone but themselves is unrealistic. Social change is coming and I don't think the Uber Wealthy are going to like it at ALL.

#15 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-05-23 11:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"seen more deaths by suicide during this quarantine period than deaths from the COVID-19 virus."
With 100,00 dead so far from the virus, this statement sounds like -------- to me.
If true its an anomaly.

#16 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-05-24 08:56 AM | Reply

I love this stay at home order. I have Netflix and video games. I don't really need human contact.

#17 | Posted by byrdman at 2020-05-24 09:29 AM | Reply

#16 Notice no numbers were quoted.

The docs income has dropped and he needs more meat to cut.

Tell the suicidal to gather in groups.

#18 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-24 02:13 PM | Reply

The Quarantine doesn't cause jumps in Suicide Rates.

Having no money to pay rent or pay for groceries does.

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-25 02:26 PM | Reply

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