I recently read that the suicide rate in America has climbed a shocking 200 percent during the pandemic. Doubtless, this large number has disturbed people, and so many have sought answers as to why this is happening. Many well-meaning people have blamed this on isolation caused by the pandemic. While this may be true to an extent, it misses what I believe to be a much broader problem in American society. That being that it is a tremendous pain the ass being alive in America.
Now, before you wag your finger at me and call me lazy (republican response), or lecture me on hope without giving me a dime (democrat response), or tell me to leave the country (everyones' response), hear me out for a second. I may know some things you don't. For example, did you know that the suicide rate in America was already on the rise well before the pandemic? You may not have. It doesn't get the same press as when Donald Trump's assistants fart out a conspiracy tweet.
Here are some facts you may not know about the suicide crisis in the United States:
1999 through 2018, the suicide rate increased 35%, from 10.5 per 100,000 to 14.2.
The rate increased on average approximately 1% per year from 1999 to 2006 and by 2% per year from 2006 through 2018.
In 2018, the suicide rate for males was 3.7 times the rate for females (22.8 and 6.2, respectively).
From 1999 through 2018, suicide rates among females were highest for those aged 45–64; among males, the rates were highest for those aged 75 and over.
In 2018, suicide rates were higher in the most rural counties compared with the most urban counties for both males and females.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all ages in the United States (1).
Suicide is a major contributor to premature mortality as it ranks as the second leading cause of death for ages 10–34 and the fourth leading cause for ages 35–54 (1).
Despite national goals to lower the suicide rate (2), several recent reports have documented a steady increase in suicide rates in recent years...
If you do not believe those statistics then you do not believe the CDC, and if that's the case you're nuts. The implications of these statistics are massive, essentially stating that the quality of life in america has decreased through both democratic and republican regimes for the last twenty years. I'm sure you have your doubts so let's have a look at the train wreck that is life in the richest country in the world:
"The Social Progress Index, which considers itself "the most comprehensive measure of a country's social and environmental performance independent of economic factors," determined that out of 163 countries, only the United States, Brazil and Hungary had slid backward over the past decade. And though the declines were small, the U.S. saw the largest reduction in terms of overall score.
The United States declined "both in absolute terms and relative to its wealthy, world-power peers," ranking just 28th in social progress, according to the index, which measures quality of life in areas such as personal safety; health and wellness; environmental quality; personal freedom and choice; and inclusiveness. That's a 12-spot drop from when the full index was first published in 2014, when the U.S. came in at No. 16."
America now ranks an embarrassing 28th in terms of quality of life. Being born in America is basically a death sentence at this point. Think about it. Your are expected to stress yourself out over some job you hate. You are expected to be on time to this horrible job that does not care about you in any way (deaths and on the job injuries are through the roof in this country). You work and work until you make yourself sick. Then you're charged an arm and a leg when your bitch ass boss yanks your health insurance because of the pandemic they failed to prepare for.
American corporations knew there would be a pandemic and chose not to prepare for it. Bill Gates was warning about this in 2015. Now the idiots want us back at work while people are dying of covid in droves. The comeplete carelessness is so obvious that no one takes this crap about hope seriously anymore. You can't pay bills with hopes and prayers. You cant cook dinner with positivity. By the way, some other major causes of suicide are as follows. It makes me wonder why they only focus on isolation as the sole cause of this "sudden" increase in suicide. Probably because they would rather you die working. At least that way Disney and Tesla make a buck. Common causes of suicide the media doesn't care to mention because the work for corporations:
Being arrested or imprisoned
Bullying, shaming, or humiliation, including cyberbullying
End of a close friendship or romantic relationship
Loss of friends or family acceptance due to revealing your sexual orientation
Loss of social status
I spoke to an old man at Costco recently. He was saddened that his relatives would not visit him. I wondered if it was because of the pandemic. "No," he said sadly, "they have errands." I almost cried when that man said that. I imagine most Americans would have never even listened...