by: Archith Seshadri
ATLANTA, Ga (WJBF)– Georgia’s Department of Public Health released new data on a “Silent” #pandemic focusing on #mentalhealth and #suicide concerns during the #coronavirus outbreak.
The Georgia Department of #BehavioralHealth and Developmental Disabilities shows an uptick in #suicideattempts, especially in younger #adults.
State health leaders say #suicideattempts in Georgia are up 26% because of the #pandemic.
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
“It is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and second leading cause among 10-34,” said Roland Behm, #AmericanSuicidePrevention.
#Mentalhealth experts say #socialisolation, remote learning, and a lack of in-person activities are likely factors. The study shows #female #adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 are most at risk.
“#Adolescent #females are social beings and when you take away #school, activities, church – that outside support, we do think that’s contributing,” said Rachel Holloman, #SuicidePrevention Director, Georgia Department of #BehavioralHealth And Developmental Disabilities.
#Suicideprevention experts say pre-#pandemic, 1 out of 10 #adults reported #anxiety or #depression but that number increased to 4 out of 10 cases during the #pandemic.
“We look at the change in moods – they were happy and now you haven’t heard from them,” said Holloman.
Experts say there are some key signs to look out for when it comes to #mentalhealthandsuicide.
“Do they start to talk about giving away possessions, do they pull away from family and friends that they are connected with. Do they talk about wanting to die -all those are warning signs,” said Holloman.
The state is partnering with local schools to develop programs and organize summits to help with #suicideprevention for #students.
For #adults, the #AmericanFoundationofSuicidePrevention says essential health workers are more likely to report #depression, #anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts by 14% compared to non-essential workers.