International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Remembering the Lost This International Survivors of Suicide.
Loss Day is a solemn one for many reasons. In particular, this year is marked by a massive spike in suicide due to the pandemic.
- The economy
Have our nation at an inflection point. In many ways, the effects of the pandemic may be more deadly than the disease itself. The stress of the illness includes many severe concerns and issues.
Also, this includes people losing loved ones and the continued effects of isolation. A recent medical article discusses the actual effects of the disease on suicide rates so far. In some cases, we saw an initial drop, followed by a sharp increase in suicide rates.
Note the case in Japan:
The 20% decrease in Japan early in the pandemic seemed to reverse in August when a 7.7% rise was reported.
The Effects Likely To Last.
Part of the reason why this pandemic is so deadly is due primarily to the long-lasting effects. And I’m not just talking about the hospitalizations or the effects of treatment. For many families, the fight against the pandemic is a personal one. And more than vaccines and medical treatments, the virus represents a fight for many families’ wellbeing itself. Millions have lost their jobs or hours due to the virus. Others have extra work at home and have to adapt to a new work environment. Millions of parents have children studying on the computer instead of at school.
Millions of older people are stuck inside and largely deprived of personal contact. This is causing a wave of deaths due to a lack of attention. It should be simple to understand why the suicide rate shot up so high this year. There is little available for those in financial distress to salve the pain of those who lost their livelihood. Even on Capitol Hill, the Democrats blocked a vital Coronavirus relief bill before the election. As a result, we see many severe issues, including the effects of the virus on American families' day-to-day lives.
How To Combat Suicide.
Suicide is often an individual issue. In many cases, it is not just a concern for one person. Far too many times after such a death, friends and family members state that they should have seen it coming. Some of the signs of suicide are obvious-- some are less so. Among the common symptoms of suicide are similar to the effects of depression, with some key differences.
- Excessive sleeping or sleeping long or bizarre hours.
- Extreme or strange eating habits, including eating too much or too little. This may include binge eating.
- Drug and alcohol use. And this often includes many of the effects of drinking to excess regularly like long-term depression, dehydration, premature, and even aging. A sudden start or escalation of drug use is also a common sign. And it could be a fallen dad's old bottle of pain killers or over-the-counter amphetamines.
- Giving away possessions. Most of all, this remains a sign that does not always show until it is far too late. Many people who commit suicide begin to put their affairs in order, including giving away their possessions, making arrangements for their loved ones, and even giving away their beloved pets.
NOTE: None of these alone may signal an imminent suicide. However, they often can be. Furthermore, combining these various factors can be a severe alert.
Marking This Year’s International Survivors Of Suicide Loss Day
The Coronavirus's effects and more make this particular International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day even more important. Uniting for Suicide Postvention ("USPV") works with the friends and relatives of those who lost due to the effects of suicide. Unfortunately, along with the effects of the virus and job loss, there is a constant struggle with suicide among our veterans.
Our veterans deserve only the best. Unfortunately, even from the VA, they often do not receive it. This is shown even in the VA’s reporting. Vet suicide rates are still unacceptably high. In 2017, there were more than 6,100 suicides among veterans. Moreover, this was among the more than 45,000 suicides among the general population.
- In 2017, the veterans' suicide rate was 1.5 times the rate for non-Veteran adults after adjusting for population differences in age and sex.
Fighting The Scourge.
The end of suicide may not be in our grasp. But a sharp reduction is what we can hope for. A combination of extensive therapy, medical treatments, and family care may be exactly what some people need to lower rates and save lives. Remember to read more about the causes and effects of suicide on our website-- and how our firm handles wrongful suicide issues when another person intentionally creates a situation that leads to suicides, such as the NFL.
- Ehline Law website: Personal Injury Cases We Take.
- The BMJ: Trends in suicide during the covid-19 pandemic.
- VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report.