Mental Health

Mandy Kloppers

Does suicide increase during the festive season?

MYTH : “Suicides increase during the end of year holiday period” This has for many years been documented as being a myth. 1.

 

FACT : This year however, is an entirely different ball-game …

After a year of extreme stress, uncertainty and loss both emotional and for many, financial, many families in the UK are facing the prospect of now not being able to draw support and comfort through connecting with their loved ones in this traditionally family-oriented time of year.

 

Stats for this year’s Covid19 challenges already show a sharp increase in depression and suicidal tendencies, and without for many, the vital comfort of meeting up with family at this time of year, the chances of increased depression and suicides is a concern2.

•          Almost one in five adults (19.2%) were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in June 2020; this had almost doubled from around 1 in 10 (9.7%) before the pandemic (July 2019 to March 2020).

 

•          One in eight adults (12.9%) developed moderate to severe depressive symptoms during the pandemic, while a further 6.2% of the population continued to experience this level of depressive symptoms; around 1 in 25 adults (3.5%) saw an improvement over this period.

 

•          Adults who were aged 16 to 39 years old, female, unable to afford an unexpected expense, or disabled were the most likely to experience some form of depression during the pandemic.

 

•          Feeling stressed or anxious was the most common way adults experiencing some form of depression felt their well-being was being affected, with 84.9% stating this.

 

•          Over two in five (42.2%) adults experiencing some form of depression during the pandemic said their relationships were being affected, compared with one in five (20.7%) adults with no or mild depressive symptoms.

 

More info:

1.https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/holiday.html

2.https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/articles/coronavirusanddepressioninadultsgreatbritain/june2020#main-points

 

Jenetta Barry – Crisis Expert –   +44 777 423 0464  –  Success Story Larissa Success Story Victoria Success Story Savanna Success Story Bella

AUTHOR:  My name is Jenetta Barry.  Although based in Oxford, I have been an international on-line Crisis Expert for nearly 15 years and I have helped hundreds of people worldwide to overcome traumatic challenges – including my having been flown into help victims of a mall terrorist attack in Kenya. I began applying myself to and expanding this work, after the suicide of my 16-year old daughter Jenny.

 

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