Suicide Hotline Calls Have Been Skyrocketing in Los Angeles Since the Wuhan Virus Outbreak Kicked Off
ABC 7 reported that calls to a suicide and help hotline in Los Angeles skyrocketed by more than 8,000 percent from February to March due to the outbreak of the Wuhan virus.
Per a report from the Orange County Register, the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Center in Los Angeles received 22 calls to their hotline regarding the Wuhan virus in February.
However, after a month passed, the number of calls surged to 1,800.
Didi Hirsch has ten branches in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The mental health service provider is currently hiring more staff to handle the rise in hotline calls.
The Wuhan virus is pushing America’s already fragile civic and voluntary institutions to the limit.
Social capital has already been diminishing in America, so a generalized crisis like the outbreak could put America on an even more rapid descent into social chaos.
Moments like these show the importance of having strong family and community bonds.
For Americans suffering from severe depression, they can generally call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.