by Brett Cooper
Beth Palmer was 17 and dreaming of becoming a singer in March 2020 when the UK went into lockdown due to the coronavirus. A month later, she died.
She was a wonderful and wonderful daughter. It was just funny, it lit up the room, ” Mike Palmer said, Pete’s father. “She was very affectionate and loving too. The world was basically at her feet. She had everything, everything to live for.”
Palmer did not die from the Corona virus. She took her life.
Palmer, an aspiring singer and audiobook student at Access Creative College in Manchester, has collapsed into isolation. Her family says she has never before shown any signs of mental health problems. However, she claimed the mandatory stay-at-home order sounded like centuries.
“She couldn’t finish college, she couldn’t go out to see her friends. She felt as if this three-month shutdown was going back 300 years,” her father said in a video that went viral last year.
Unable to finish college, see her friends, or pursue a passion, usually fun and affectionate Palmer became obsessed with her fear that the lockdown would never end.
In the weeks following her death, Palmer’s family spoke out about the implications of the stay-at-home order and warning parents of the difficulties their children might face, saying “no one should feel isolated enough to do so.”
Tragically, new government data shows that Palmer’s death is part of a global trend of teens seeking to escape the toll of the government shutdown.
CDC Disturbing Data
Newly released data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed an increase in self-harm and hospitalization from poor mental health among adolescents in 2020.
Overall, the number of psychiatric-related hospital visits among young people It increased by 31 percent last year. For young women like Palmer, this number was even sadder. Suspected suicide attempts increased in girls by 50.6 percent, compared to an increase of 3.7 percent in young men.
As the report concludes, the effects of lockdowns, such as “physical distancing; barriers to mental health treatment; increases in drug use. Anxiety about family health and economic problems” all children are particularly affected, contributing to a widespread increase in ideas suicide.
newly The Wall Street Journal Article – Commodity It completes the picture painted by the CDC by revealing that teen suicide in California increased by 24 percent, resulting in 134 deaths in 2020. In contrast, only 23 California minors died of Covid-19.
Specifically in Oakland, California, hospitals saw a 66 percent increase in screening teens who had demonstrated suicidal ideation between March and October of 2020.
In light of these alarming numbers, California public health officials are finally Start To talk about this issue.
For more than a year while mental illness and suicide have skyrocketed, these politicians and health experts have consistently ignored valid concerns about the dire effects of the lockdowns.
It is clear that although they were generally not at high risk of contracting coronavirus, young people, like Palmer, were a group at high risk of suicide, and the government did not take notice.
“Experience”, French economist Frédéric Passat (1801-1850) once Wrote, “Effectively teaches, but brutally.” Tragically, this appears to be the case with the unintended consequences of COVID-19 lockdowns.
The sudden rise in teen suicide is just one example of the collateral damage from lockdowns — others include a sudden rise in child poverty, drug overdoses, and unemployment, as well as a sharp drop in cancer screening — and it should come as no surprise.
Back in April of 2020, Gamma Psychiatry published a report on the potential consequences of the quarantine orders, noting that while they may help suppress new infections, the “potential for negative outcomes for suicide” The danger is high. “
Despite these warnings, public health officials pressed, believing that their policies would protect people from COVID-19. However, an abundance of empirical evidence suggests These efforts failed.
They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And for good reason. The world is complex, and efforts to reshape it often yield results other than those intended. This is precisely why Bastiat teaches the importance of exercising self-control and foresight while implementing policy, lest we pursue “a small present good, followed by a great evil to come”.
This was something governments did not do in 2020.
Beth Palmer had a promising life ahead. She and other teens who struggled to deal with state-imposed isolation deserved better. So let’s at least learn something from the brutal experience of lockdowns.
Image Credit: The Palmer Family