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From Wellbeing Trust.org:
‘Deaths of despair’: Coronavirus pandemic could push suicide, drug overdose deaths above 150,000, study says.
The new study, released Friday by the Well Being Trust and the American Academy of Family Physicians, factored in isolation and uncertainty when it calculated the expected deaths from suicide, alcohol and drugs based on nine unemployment scenarios.
The likely toll from these “deaths of despair” was the loss of at least an additional 75,000 lives, the study found. Death estimates ranged from 27,644 if the economy recovers quickly to 154,037 if recovery is slow.
The federal mental health czar is calling for more money to expand services to help people suffering amid the social isolation imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, as a new study estimates related deaths from alcohol, drug overdose and suicide could reach 150,000.
“We see very troubling signs across the nation,” said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, assistant secretary at Department of Health and Human Services and head of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. “There’s more substance abuse, more overdoses, more domestic violence and neglect and abuse of children.”
McCance-Katz said the agency wants more money for services to address an anticipated surge in need for mental health and addiction treatment, which was already in short supply. She cited HHS’ own substance abuse and mental health research and a February report in the British journal The Lancet on the psychological effects of quarantine.
The Lancet study said the effects can include post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide and are “wide-ranging, substantial, and can be long lasting.” That’s especially true if there isn’t a clear end in sight, like now, said McCance-Katz.