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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – #Suicide Risk Mounts Amid Job Losses

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Nikita Kwatra

Unemployment arising out of the #covid-19 situation could cause about 9,570 more suicides per year, suggests a new study.

The #covid-19 #pandemic has taken up unemployment levels to historic highs in several countries. Even as lockdowns continue to disrupt livelihoods, the larger #mentalhealthissue cannot be ignored. As a new study suggests, job losses due to #covid-19 could result in up to 9,570 more suicides globally than is normal in a year.

The estimate was made by Swiss researchers Wolfram Kawohl and Carlos Nordt in a new Lancet note.

Using International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, they said global unemployment could rise from 4.9% to 5.6% in the worst-case scenario after #covid-19, and to 5.1% in the best case.

As a result, suicides would rise by 9,570 a year in the first case, and by 2,135 in the latter, they estimated.

Citing the ILO estimates, the study projected between 5.3 million and 24.7 million job losses due to the situation arising out of #covid-19.

The analysis used another model the same authors had developed to estimate the effect of job losses on suicides between 2000 and 2011.

The authors had found that during that period—which included the 2008 economic crisis—the risk of suicides increased 20-30% when linked to unemployment.

Moreover, the authors point out, citing the #WorldHealthOrganization (WHO) data, that for each #suicide, there are more than 20 #suicide attempts. They also warned that the 2008 data had shown that suicides rose even before joblessness. This means more people may need help from #mentalhealthservices during the #pandemic and the #mentalhealthsystem could be saddled with extra burden.

The authors warn that a downsizing of the economy and the health system’s focus on #covid-19 could increase the risks for those vulnerable to #mentalhealth ailments.

#JamesDonaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

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