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Schools take action against rising pandemic-linked student suicides

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These prolonged lockdowns have created a lot of mental health issues around the world, very unfortunate.

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Japan logged a record-high 499 student suicides last year amid the pandemic

The harm to people from lockdowns and "social distancing" is incalculable.

End all "mandates"

If somebody wants to socially distance themselves let them, it's an individual choice.

But let the rest of us make our own choices.

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"But let the rest of us make our own choices."

Most people have made their own choice: to live collectively in society and do everything we can for the safety of ourselves and everyone around us.

Another choice is to move out and live in the woods. I suggest Alabama.

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oldman_13Today  07:37 am JST

These prolonged lockdowns have created a lot of mental health issues around the world, very unfortunate.

"In a paper published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, researchers found no increased risk of suicide across 21 countries."

Suicide rates around the world have not risen since the pandemic began.

So the question is, what is causing the rise in Japan where there has been no hard lockdown anyway?

Children (and adults) need to learn that suicide is the result of internal NOT external factors. There is a cultural acceptance of suicide as a solution to problems. This has to change.

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Japan logged a record-high 499 student suicides last year amid the pandemic, with many believed to have felt lonely during school closures that lasted for months to prevent the virus spread. 

MANY isn't a percentage but it still is higher than the number of grade-school aged deaths directly caused by the virus. Closing schools was obviously a bad idea. Zoom cannot replace the classroom.

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Children (and adults) need to learn that suicide is the result of internal NOT external factors.

Ridiculous, being continuously warned there's a horrific virus out there that will kill them and they can kill their grandparents with it too just by looking at them isn't good for their mental health, but their level of risk is miniscule. Look at how crazy a lot of adults even have become fretting over something with an IFR of 0.15, the communications strategy is just pure fear-mongering and a lot of psychologists are aghast at how reckless it has been: https://thecritic.co.uk/a-year-of-fear/

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I am not sure what they can do because they have not been able to curb the suicide rate due to bullying. I have little confidence in their efforts.

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WobotToday  08:42 am JST

Children (and adults) need to learn that suicide is the result of internal NOT external factors.

Ridiculous, being continuously warned there's a horrific virus out there that will kill them and they can kill their grandparents with it too just by looking at them isn't good for their mental health, but their level of risk is miniscule. Look at how crazy a lot of adults even have become fretting over something with an IFR of 0.15, the communications strategy is just pure fear-mongering and a lot of psychologists are aghast at how reckless it has been: https://thecritic.co.uk/a-year-of-fear/

True external factors don't help, but it's not the problems that cause suffering, it is how you react to it.

People need to learn healthy coping mechanisms, resilience and healthy thinking patterns to deal with lives problems.

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Psychology just doesn't have the tools to do anything about mental health issues and all psychiatry can do is dispense drugs.

They talk a lot and try to PR themselves as "professionals" but their cure rate is tiny and their failure rate huge.

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Isolation due to staying at home all the time and financial pressures at home that kids can sense.

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Closing schools is short sited and is unnecessary. It drives fear with students and causes extreme disruption to the rest of the family. If people want to homeschool there are free resources available. Otherwise, open schools and stop the fear mongering. Lock downs favor the privileged who have 1 working spouse or nannies and not the working families. The government can't supplement income forever.

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The government can't supplement income forever.

They haven't supplemented it at all except for a one off meager payment last year.

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500 kids killed themselves. Thats is horrific.

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it's still just lip service!

these schools will still bully and enforce their militaristic rules for any child who is different. There is no mental health support here.

going "back to normal" for these schools is just causing child death by their regular means and not from the pandemic.

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Good if actions are taken, and acceptance from others is key.

Figures shall tell the effects soon enough.

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Teach kids self-respect and love, assertiveness, resilience and promote policies that encourage more kindness and compassion in society, from the top down and from the bottom up.

New Zealand (very high youth, not child, suicide rate) is taking this approach to their suicide problem and it seems to be gradually having a positive impact. There has been no rise in cases during the pandemic in NZ.

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New Zealand (very high youth, not child, suicide rate) is taking this approach to their suicide problem and it seems to be gradually having a positive impact. There has been no rise in cases during the pandemic in NZ.

I understand that NZ has unique problems with very high suicide rates among indigenous populations and vast inequality in access to housing as bad as California. Neither of these problems are applicable to Japan. In any case, it is good they are doing something about it, and there leader is very impressive.

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RecklessToday  10:55 am JST

New Zealand (very high youth, not child, suicide rate) is taking this approach to their suicide problem and it seems to be gradually having a positive impact. There has been no rise in cases during the pandemic in NZ.

I understand that NZ has unique problems with very high suicide rates among indigenous populations and vast inequality in access to housing as bad as California. Neither of these problems are applicable to Japan. In any case, it is good they are doing something about it, and there leader is very impressive.

Again, you are referring to the external 'problems' as being somehow more likely to contribute to suicide.

We are talking about two very privileged nations - wealthy, high level of education, health care and safety.

It's not like people in Japan are suffering from war, severe poverty starvation or political turmoil.

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crowbagToday  10:26 am JST

it's still just lip service!

these schools will still bully and enforce their militaristic rules for any child who is different. There is no mental health support here.

going "back to normal" for these schools is just causing child death by their regular means and not from the pandemic.

The attitudes and methods are outdated and do not work. Student mental healh should be a number one priority.

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I’m interested to know which schools closed for months? The longest delay in this area was about 5 weeks. The school board also decided to shorten summer vacation to make up for the delayed start. Is this loss of vacation time being investigated as a reason for depression? What about general stress related to living through a pandemic? Is this factor being looked at?

many believed to have felt lonely during school closures

How was this conclusion about the suicides reached?

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rising pandemic-linked student suicides

"pandemic-linked" or linked to excessive rules created by pandemic-obsessed authorities?

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How crazy is this one? Do you know any children who don’t like desserts or pets and then eat or care more if they found an even more delicious dessert or cuter pet friend? Those certified psychologists need probably a treatment first, still long before suiciders. lol No, you simply have to teach them to value life, other’s and especially own one, as you only have got it once and short time. In addition they don’t need feeling weather apps and such useless psycho crap, but children want much new knowledge, interesting or funny lessons, and they don’t want but it’s necessary to give, insurmountable loads of homework that make them busy all day long and easily forget anything bad or suicidal around. That’s how to do it, and that works.

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It can be helpful for young teachers with less teaching experience," said a member of the education board.

Right, pass the buck. For all these years you and the "older" and experienced teachers have done a poor job at best, of helping students with mental health issues!

Odds are the younger teachers are a hell of a lot more attuned to these issues then you and the old-farts!

It can be helpful to, but you are too proud and arrogant to admit it!

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How crazy is this one? Do you know any children who don’t like desserts or pets and then eat or care more if they found an even more delicious dessert or cuter pet friend?

I guarantee you it's a problem with the news-repeater translator services.

Truly a "lost in translation" thing here!

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...such as eating more desserts and spending more time with pets.

(I do plenty of that at least once a month or when I'm just sad)

??? Seriously, no wonder if mental health is a big issue in Japan.

Girls are driven by hormonal changes so eating more desserts and spending time are kinda normal things. What about people try to talk their kids. Make the connections. Build the trust. Talk with them about situation, future plans etc.

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