(UnitedVoice.com) – In March 2020, schools around the world began shutting down and cities went into lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly, kids were isolated from their friends and families — facing a strange new reality of uncertainty and fear. According to recent reports, this created an epidemic of child suicides.
In early March 2021, the Associated Press published an article about the pandemic’s impact on children. Reporter John Leicester interviewed Dr. David Greenhorn, an emergency physician in northern England, who said they used to treat one or two kids a week who were struggling with mental health issues. Now that figure has risen to one or two per day. The doctor called it an “international epidemic.” Last month, Japan Times published an article claiming the country’s child suicide rate hit a record high in 2020.
Back in America, Tuscon.com reported Pima County, AZ, saw a 67% increase in suicides for kids ages 12 to 17 in 2020 over the previous year.
Doctors are warning that children, in particular, are experiencing grave mental health consequences as a result of the lockdowns—leading to an “international epidemic” of child suicide. https://t.co/Gs8SufCIz4
— FEE (@feeonline) March 24, 2021
Lawmakers in the US can’t solve the suicide issue overseas, but they can make sure kids are taken care of in America. And one way they can begin to set things straight is by sending children back to their classrooms so they can resume their normal lives.
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