FAST FIVE: "I Would Rather Be Dead": Calls To Suicide Hotlines Spike Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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-Sacramento Bee (That figure topped 523,000 infected and 23,639 deaths as of this writing just hours later, according to the same source).

“There are ramifications, sometimes fatal, with events like these that are not just related to getting infected or dying from infection or consequences of infection,” said Eric Caine, co-director of the Center for the Study of Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in a statement to USA Today.

Other suicide prevention efforts in Portland report rising calls from people who feel anxious, depressed or frightened, but not in calls from those feeling acutely suicidal, according to the publication.

Tips to fight anxiety (via the Sacramento Bee) “Isolation is a big trigger for a lot of people,” according to California social worker Norine VanderHooven.

“I think we're still really seeing the beginnings of the effects of this.” -Sacramento Bee If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800 273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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