According to a report in the April edition of JAMA Psychiatry, the stay-at-home and social distancing orders mandated by governments are having an adverse effect on people’s mental health. People are social beings and the reduction in human contact has “the potential for adverse outcomes on suicide risk is high.”
The researchers, led by Mark Reger, Ph.D., added that the economic damage caused by the mandated shut down in many states will also have a devastating impact on peoples’ mental health.
The authors pointed out that economic recessions generally yield higher rates of suicide whenever they occur. The state, business, and school closures associated with the coronavirus, however, coupled with significant stock market losses, may all be contributing to a “perfect storm” that proves to be associated with higher rates of suicide in the United States in the future.
Reporting on a Kaiser study, Just Facts researchers noted that “at least 16.8 percent of 255,200,373 adults in the United States — or 42,873,663 people — have suffered major mental harm from responses to COVID-19.” The numbers led Psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Damore Jr. to conclude the lockdown cure might be worse than the disease.
This is not the first study to state the lockdown orders will result in increased suicides. A study out of Australia suggests there may be more deaths from suicides as a result of the lockdown than actual deaths from the Coronavirus. READ: Report: Suicide rise from lockdowns to kill more than coronavirus in Australia:
A suicide hotline in California has also reported a massive surge in calls since the pandemic began. READ: Suicide, help hotline calls soar in Southern California over coronavirus anxieties