The pandemic pushes many women into despair


Statistics in Japan, Korea, America … show that cases of women and children suicide tended to increase since the Covid-19 epidemic broke out.

Japan is one of the few countries that regularly update data on suicide because it is a persistent “national disaster”. These figures may also partly reflect the situation in other countries of the world due to widespread unemployment and social isolation.

Sociologists warn that some measures to prevent pandemics can lead to disruption of social and economic activities and cause more deaths due to disease.

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In Japan, the suicide rate has decreased but remains high with 13,000 deaths this year while the number of deaths from COVID-19 is less than 2,000. According to Japanese government figures, the number of people who committed suicide in August rose 15.4% from the same period last year, with 1,854 deaths. Although there are lesser Japanese than men, the number of women ending their own lives in August increased by 40% from before. The number of students from elementary to high school who committed suicide more than doubled compared to the same period last year with a total of 59 students.

Yasuyuki Sawada, an economist at the Asian Development Bank, said that regularly updating suicide figures will help identify which populations are at high risk. “If local authorities can determine which age groups or population groups are at high risk of suicide, the authorities can take immediate measures to prevent it,” he said.

According to a US study in May, in the next 10 years there will probably be about 75,000 people in this country “died of despair” in reference to the number of people dying from suicide or violence.

In South Korea, the country with the highest suicide rate among OECD countries, in March, April and June, the number of women committing suicide also increased. According to Paik Jong-woo, director of the South Korean Center for Suicide Prevention, women fall into depression and men fall into addiction. Therefore, it is possible that a prolonged pandemic has led to an increase in the rate of women committing suicide.

The psychological problems caused by Covid-19 in children are even more complex. According to Dr. Mayumi Hangai of the National Center for the Health and Development of Japanese Children, parents are inherently pressured by the crisis to “may not notice signs of their children. and does not give enough attention to his problems. “

In addition, because the children do not go to school and have to stay at home for isolation, if the parents show any signs of stress or dissatisfaction, the children will also be affected.

Khanh Ngoc’s (According to Japantimes)

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