Suicides in children have jumped over the last year, showing just how much America’s youth has been affected by social isolation and the loss of essential support systems provided by in-person education.
According to Jeanne Noble, director of COVID-19 response in the University of California San Francisco emergency department, suicide has increased by 24% for Californians under 18.
The Children’s Hospital of Oakland saw cases of children hospitalized for eating disorders more than double in the last year. The ED visits jumped 24% for children 5-11 and 31% for those 12-17 in the first nine months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. The emergency department at Mission Bay also announced in January they’d hit a record for the “highest proportion of suicidal children in ER” at 21%.
Suspected suicide attempts jumped for girls more than boys, with a whopping 51% among 12-17-year-old girls in February and March 2021 compared to 2019.
Noble announced that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is trying to bury the harms to teen mental health that comes from government-mandated lockdowns while cherrypicking the teen data “in the worst possible light.” The report says the state’s numbers were “natural” since California’s lockdown policies resulted in the longest school closures and the highest number of kids out of school.
Noble admits she was worried that the mainstream media would try to relate mental health services and child abuse reports to when kids return to school this fall. She said the media and the CDC have been trying to correlate the schools reopening with “harm to children” and that it completely misunderstands the role of schools. She said unexpectedly high ER visits in a place like Texas “could easily be coming from Austin” or areas where schools remained closed.
A Texas summer camp director even shared that shy children have become shyer, the anxious kids more anxious, and the angry ones angrier. He said children also tend to miss more of the social cues, especially with mask-wearing guidelines. Those who have a speech impediment or a hard time reading emotions or understanding speech found it particularly difficult in the classroom.
Other reports explained that children who were actively engaged in the classroom “just stopped completely” on Zoom. The research theorizes that the screen interactions are more foreign and likely unfulfilling from a socialization standpoint, especially in K-3. The reports also point out that adults are the “primary drivers” of COVID-19 and that kids are extremely unlikely to have severe reactions to the virus.
Other reports have also called out the psychiatric disorders the lockdowns may cause at early ages and how it has made social media a lifeline for teens. The absence of touch and interaction has led to a life of solitary confinement for many.
College enrollment rates have dropped, public school teachers are quitting with an estimated 25-30% drop by the end of 2021, and more students are taking anti-depressants. The anti-depressants market has been closing in on $15 billion annually and is expected to continue to rise. And while protests and lawsuits continue to rise over school closures and lockdowns, Stanford Studies are pointing at a brain deficiency in teens under COVID-19 stress.
The number of children and teens who died with COVID-19 ages 0-18 is 331 over 18 months. In comparison, the number of flu-related deaths is annually 477. There are also National Institute of Health articles that prove asymptomatic individuals, such as children, do not spread anything. There’s no reason they’ve been kept out of the classroom.
Another survey was conducted by the Children’s Advisory Board across the U.K on the mental health of children. They polled 1,000 8-13-year-old students in 12 U.K schools and found that 44% reported feeling anxious, 28% reported feeling lonely, one in ten were being bullied, and over half missed doing things with their family.
The experts found that the mental health crisis spiraled since the first lockdown measures were imposed. They reported that one in 20 children considered suicide during the pandemic and the same number self-harmed.
While some staff members are quitting due to their own mental health problems, parents have demanded that their kids return to a normal school year. Many teens even said they didn’t want to return to a setting where interactions constantly feel “discouraged.” They said it only increases their feelings of isolation.
The lockdowns may be one of the greatest crimes of the Democratic Party on our children because the government refuses to follow the science and instead lets themselves be bullied by the teachers’ unions.