Dr. Naomi Wolf & Dr. Paul Elias Alexander discuss the differential impact COVID lockdowns, school closure & isolation on females/girls vs males/boys as to suicidal ideation, attempts;50% rise in girls
by Paul Alexander
COVID emerged as a disease of disparity & indications are that women, girls have been terribly impacted & more so than males/boys; this demands more study & data by gender to know why
Reports indicate that girls, teen girls suffered way more as to the ravages of the lockdown and school closures. Emotionally and psychologically and overall well-being plummeted.
Dr. Wolf and Alexander discuss some preliminary CDC results on suicide attempts, given ideation and suicide attempts often end in final actions. Self harms emerged as a huge problem during the lockdowns. We need to get more data as to if these were completed suicides e.g. all 100% or how much. We also discuss the challenges that women faced during the lockdowns and the crushing isolation of lockdowns.
Reports emerged that children committed suicide across the US on account of the lockdowns and school closures e.g.
‘In June 2020, 25% of surveyed adults aged 18–24 years reported experiencing suicidal ideation related to the pandemic in the past 30 days (2). More recent patterns of ED visits for suspected suicide attempts among these age groups are unclear. Using data from the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP),* CDC examined trends in ED visits for suspected suicide attempts† during January 1, 2019–May 15, 2021, among persons aged 12–25 years, by sex, and at three distinct phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. Compared with the corresponding period in 2019, persons aged 12–25 years made fewer ED visits for suspected suicide attempts during March 29–April 25, 2020. However, by early May 2020, ED visit counts for suspected suicide attempts began increasing among adolescents aged 12–17 years, especially among girls. During July 26–August 22, 2020, the mean weekly number of ED visits for suspected suicide attempts among girls aged 12–17 years was 26.2% higher than during the same period a year earlier; during February 21–March 20, 2021, mean weekly ED visit counts for suspected suicide attempts were 50.6% higher among girls aged 12–17 years compared with the same period in 2019.’