According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the month of June 2020, one in four young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 “seriously considered” suicide. CDC blamed COVID related stresses for the problem.
The Blaze reports:
In a survey of 5,412 adults conducted June 24-30, 25.5% of those between the ages of 18 and 24 reported “having seriously considered suicide in the 30 days before completing the survey,” the agency reported. To compare, that is more than double the percentage of adults overall who reported suicidal ideations during the time period, at 10.7%.
The CDC found that young adults were hit harder in other mental health areas, including “symptoms of anxiety disorder or depressive disorder, COVID-19-related [trauma- and stressor-related disorder] TSRD, initiation of or increase in substance use to cope with COVID-19-associated stress,” noting that “prevalence decreased progressively with age.”
Though CDC likes to blame the stresses related to the Covid-19 pandemic for the increase, the enforced lockdowns and job losses were equally, and some would argue, the bigger problem as people were forced into isolation.
In May, Australia mental health experts were already warning that suicides due to the social isolation and job losses from the lockdowns will kill more people than the virus itself. They also said that the negative fallout from the lockdown will continue for years after the pandemic had ended. READ: Report: Suicide rise from lockdowns to kill more than coronavirus in Australia