John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, in the East Bay region of San Francisco Bay Area, has seen a “year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks,” the head of the trauma department, Dr. Mike deBoisblanc told
“We’ve never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time,” he said.
Mental health is suffering so much during the stay-at-home period implemented due to coronavirus that he’s calling for an end to the orders.
“Personally I think it’s time,” said Dr. Mike deBoisblanc. “I think, originally, this (the shelter-in-place order) was put in place to flatten the curve and to make sure hospitals have the resources to take care of COVID patients.We have the current resources to do that and our other community health is suffering.”
A bottle of antidepressant pills named Effexor is shown March 23, 2004 photographed in Miami, Florida. (Photo Illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Kacey Hansen, a trauma nurse who’s worked at the hospital for almost 33 years, also told ABC 7 that they’re seeing an unprecedented number of suicide attempts. (RELATED: Study: Coronavirus Shutdowns Could Lead To 75,000 ‘Deaths Of Despair)
As many as 75,000 Americans could die from drug or alcohol misuse and suicide as a result of the pandemic, the national public health group Well Being Trust reported in a study.
The lack of a definitive end date to the stay-at-home orders and other restrictions along with mass unemployment and additional stress could significantly exacerbate the number of “deaths of despair.”
“Undeniably policymakers must place a large focus on mitigating the effects of COVID. However, if the country continues to ignore the collateral damage—specifically our nation’s mental health—we will not come out of this stronger,” Benjamin Miller, WBT’s chief strategy officer warned.
Both Hansen and deBoisblanc say it’s mostly young adults who are dying by suicide, often following the anxiety and stress that isolation and job loss can cause.
As people are disconnected with their usual networks of support, which includes churches, schools, and clubs, they may feel alone and removed with such abrupt disruptions to normal routines.
The hospital is supportive of the shelter-in-place orders, according to a statement given to ABC 7, while acknowledging staff may have different opinions.
Scarborough Rips Zuckerberg for Allowing 'Vile, Despicable Lies' About Fauci on Facebook
This article was sourced from NewsBustersYesterday, Mika Brzezinski blasted Twitter for not having canceled President Trump's account. Today, it's her husband's turn to condemn social media, as Joe Scarborough vehemently tore into Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating office Sheryl Sandberg for allegedly allowing "vile, disgusting, despicable" lies and conspiracy theories about Dr.
Anthony Fauci to be spread on Facebook.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: I used to say that [Trump] was focusing too much on a third of the electorate, the 33%, the hard-core 33%. He really, he moved that up to about 40% through economic success. But now, he’s drilling down to the 10%. The 10% who share Dr. Fauci conspiracy theories on Facebook.
And how disgusting that Facebook allows those conspiracy theories to continue to churn. How disgusting. There's a New York Times article a couple of days ago—going off, sidebar here—how disgusting that Facebook allows those lies to circulate, and have so many more people see those lies than — see, like, even new Taylor Swift videos, just to talk about how big the lies Facebook allows Donald Trump to spread. And then they take down a commercial because it offends him?
Why don’t they just put "Trump 2020" on the front page of Facebook?
Truly disgusting, despicable stuff that’s happening. And it's all on Zuckerberg's and Sandberg’s resume. That they’re allowing these lies, these vile lies to be spread. But, anyway, I digress.
Maybe Joe should consider how he's done on spreading false information. Like saying it was a "lie" that Hillary Clinton received dirt on Donald Trump from foreign sources....like the Russians cooking up a dossier with Christopher Steele. Or spreading the Trayvon Martin "armed with Skittles" defense, suggesting conservatives wanted him shot. Or wisecracking the Republicans wanted to include "chaining women to a radiator in the kitchen" in the 2012 platform.
Scarborough didn't specify precisely which lies he had in mind, but he did mention a New York Times article from "a couple of days ago." That would seem to refer to this article of May 9th, about a video posted on YouTube and Facebook with clips from Plandemic, a supposed documentary which "describes an unsubstantiated secret plot by global elites like Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci to use the coronavirus pandemic to profit and grab political power."
According to the article:
"YouTube and Facebook have removed the 'Plandemic' scene, saying that it spread inaccurate information about Covid-19 that could be harmful to the public. But the video continues to circulate, as people post new copies."
If so, it would seem that rather than actively promoting conspiracy theories against Dr. Fauci, Facebook might be doing an inadequate job of policing itself and removing the clips in question.
But that didn't stop Scarborough from raging against the Facebook machine. It comes in the context of Mika and Joe's anger at Twitter for allowing President Trump's tweets intimating that Joe had a connection to the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, who was an aide to then-Congressman Scarborough.
This article was sourced from The Daily Caller Politics