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There are 7 comments on Depression Rates in US Tripled When the Pandemic First Hit—Now, They’re Even Worse

  1. Of course, we live in tough times… we need mental health support as never before. That’s why a lot of universities discuss and implement mental health services for their students and workers, even if they didn’t put a lot of attention to it earlier. And it’s important not only for adults – children struggle with mental issues sometimes too.

        1. Hey Jordan. I dislike your rude comment written to Gianna Garneau. Next time it would be nice if you have nothing good to say at all, don’t say anything. I hope you have a good one, Jordan.

  2. The suicide rates probably increased because a lot of people were worried that the pandemic would never go away and they didn’t want to live in this type of society anymore because a lot of things were happing all at once. for instance BLM, the election where people were raging over social media for a while and still are, and countless other things that were super overwhelming in 2020-2021. not to mention online schooling made it harder to turn in assignments or even do them with the distractions. teens ar younger were forced not to make any in-person contact without a mask. for me, that part hit hard because I missed my friends. Everyone probably felt shut out. But that’s just what I think is why suicide rates have increased.

  3. While it’s comforting to see a study and article addressing this topic, it’s also depressing to see social justice injected into science as usual. Does no one see how that plants seeds of division making some suffering worse? When one is personally part of the statistic and experiencing it first-hand, one rarely thinks about where they are on the social ladder. I would love to attend a depression support group where empathy and helping each other was the primary goal. Instead division creates separate groups for a dozen different categories. If you don’t fit, you don’t belong. If two people are depressed due to loneliness, isolation, loss, is there nothing they can offer each other because they are in different tax brackets? Norhing? How about a lonely wealthier person who is feels they have no purpose in life pairing with a poorer person who is depressed because they can’t afford healthcare, or has a family to feed? I can think of a dozen things those two could offer to ease each other’s burden, while building a friendship that relieves depression. Occasionally people from diverse backgrounds do meet and this happens naturally. But mostly, institutions and government serve separately or spend a lot of resources studying to conclude answers that were obvious in the past.

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