Higher rates of suicide seem to be an unintended consequence of the worldwide COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders.
Dean Vander Mey of Set Free Ministries says, “We’re experiencing calls. People are very anxious. They have a lot of fear. It’s troubling. This is unsettling everybody. When that happens, if you’re already a little bit edgy already or unstable, this puts a lot of people over the edge. There’s a lot of people calling, and I’m noticing some of the suicide hotlines, some are up 300%.”
During a stressful time like this, says Vander Mey, everyone’s risk of poor mental health goes up. “The lockdown is affecting people in ways that really can’t be determined. Because this is probably the biggest government intervention since World War II, globally.”
Vander Mey points to other anxious times like the Great Recession, when the US saw 10000 suicides per year above the average.
Vander Mey says the pressure from tough economic times can even affect people’s lifespans, with higher jobless rates often leading to more deaths. “That’s what happens when you have these types of things going on. The lockdown has lots of different effects on people. Not just suicide, but actually are our physical health and our mental health are all connected.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that suicide rates will decline, and that many will find hope in Christ.
- Stay involved with fellow Christians as the COVID-19 lockdowns continue.