Suicides have increased by nearly 90% among youths in Wisconsin’s second-largest county when compared to last year. “When people are lonely, it’s really hard to cope,” Director of Emergency Services at Journey Mental Health Center, Hannah Flanagan, said. “The specificity about COVID social distancing and isolation that we’ve come across as contributing factors to the suicides are really new to us this year.” There have been 15 suicides among people under the age of 24 in Dane County as of mid-September. The county saw eight suicides among that age group in all of 2019, with the five-year average of suicides sitting at 10.
Source: ‘COVID social distancing and isolation’: Youth suicides shoot up nearly 90% in Wisconsin’s second largest county