This will come as no surprise to anyone who understands the toll of shutting down an economy and ordering people to self isolate/shelter away from their family/friends/community.
The Australian government shutdown their economy on March 23. As of 6 May 2020, 6,875 cases and 97 deaths from Wuhan virus had been reported in Australia. Australia has a population of 25 million people. You do the math.
The Australian reports the following:
“Suicide rates in Australia are forecast to rise by up to 50 per cent due to the economic and social impacts of the coronavirus and tipped to outstrip deaths from the pandemic by up to 10 times.
World-leading research by the country’s top mental health experts predicts the impact of the virus could result in an extra 1500 deaths a year over the next five years and a generational mental health crisis linked directly to the pandemic.
Regions hard-hit by a collapse in tourism are expected to be particularly vulnerable to an increase in suicide and it is feared that young people are among those most at risk.
Preliminary modelling by the Brain and Mind Centre suggests the COVID-19 pandemic may give rise to 25 per cent more suicides, with up to 30 per cent of those among young people aged 15-25 years.
This was based on an unemployment rate of 10 per cent and the associated recessionary impacts. But this could rise to 50 per cent if unemployment was to peak at 15 per cent.”
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