KILLS SELF

Fear and suicide in the age of Covid

Fear of the disease, the dread of isolation and courageous self sacrifice are taking their own tragic toll in the global pandemic.

SOME RECENT HEADLINES

Italian nurse with coronavirus sacrifices her own life over fear of infecting others

Daniela Trezzi

Daniela Trezzi, 34, was working on the front line of the coronavirus crisis when she tested positive for the illness and was terrified that she had infected others.

She had been suffering “heavy stress” amid fears she was spreading the deadly bug while trying to bring the crisis under control at San Gerardo Hospital in Monza, near Milan in the hard-hit region of Lombardy, the Daily Mail reported.

“A similar episode had happened a week ago in Venice, with the same underlying reasons,” said a nursing federation spokesperson.

‘Each of us has chosen this profession for good and, unfortunately, also for bad — we are nurses.”


Beautiful’ British teen kills herself because she couldn’t face isolation

Kills self over virus fears

Emily Owen, a 19-year-old waitress from King’s Lynn, 100 miles north of London, died in hospital after attempting to take her own life due to fears of the “mental health impacts” of isolation.

Days before she was found, Emily told relatives she was unable to deal with “her world closing in, plans being canceled and being stuck inside,” reported the London Sun.

The teen was in critical condition when relatives made the devastating decision to remove her from life support, allowing doctors to prep her organs for donation.


New York Man leaves note: ‘How do you enjoy life?’ before jumping to his death

Virus lockdown victim

New York City photographer Robert Herman left a suicide note before leaping to his death from his luxury apartment building in Tribeca, the New York Post reported.

“How do you enjoy life?” the note read.

The award-winning street photographer who had published two books of photos — ’The New Yorkers’ in 2013 and ’The Phone Book’ in 2015.

Herman, 64, landed in the courtyard of the high-end building on Chambers Street near North End Avenue.


Traveller suspected of coronavirus commits suicide by jumping from isolation ward

A New Delhi man in an isolation ward who was believed to be infected with the coronavirus committed suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of the Safdarjung Hospital building.

The man, who had just returned on a flight from Sydney, was waiting for his test results when he forced open the isolation ward window and fell to his death.


Indian man kills himself after becoming convinced he was infected

A father of three children became so terrified of infecting his family that he took his own life.

K. Bala Krishna, who lives in a small village in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, was told by doctors he had contracted an unknown virus after falling ill.

The 50-year-old became convinced the “unknown virus” was Covid-19 after watching videos online.


SO MANY OTHER CASES

Phone calls to national suicide prevention hotlines around the world are up more than 300 percent. Regional suicide prevention services across the United States are also overwhelmed with a record number of calls.

“The thought of contracting the virus is so terrifying,” said one hotline spokesperson, “they would rather be dead.”


Isolation

Seasons

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By Renata de Dios

Thirteen months ago my friend isolated himself from the world after the love of his life died.  It was right before Christmas 2018.  Nothing could get him out of his depression.   Nothing could lure him out of that bungalow on County Road 9 that held him hostage to the memories of his wife’s three-year illness.  Toward the end of the three years, she started to turn the corner to good health, but only to be struck down again.  This time there was no return.  She died in a hospital with my friend by her side.

Just a few weeks ago, we turned our clocks ahead in anticipation of Spring.  It was then that my friend miraculously sprung out of his depression and started to make plans to move out of that bungalow on County Road 9 into a small cottage near his long-time friend.  It all happened so fast.  One day a junk man was picking up his old stuff. And the next day he was making arrangements for his belongings to be moved to his new home so he could start his new life.  All was good.

Then, without warning, the coronavirus hit the U.S. like an atomic bomb, killing my friend’s dreams for the time being.  Who would believe it?  A couple of special news reports and my friend’s life had to be put on hold.  Not just my friend’s life — everyone’s life.  Not just in the U.S., but around the world. 

This week my friend would have been traveling with his faithful cat to his new home to start his new life, just in time for Spring.  It would have been a time for him to be reborn and renewed.  It would have been a time for hope.  Now that will all have to wait.  But to every season, there is a purpose… and summer will be here before we know it.

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