“Let’s get one thing straight,” she said, “the pandemic is as much to blame for teen suicides and depression as the car is to blame for the Waukesha parade massacre. The real culprit is the response to the virus.”
According to the surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, the pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on the mental health of Americans, especially young people.
“Mental health challenges in children, adolescents and young adults are real and widespread,” a Tuesday report said. “Early estimates… suggest there were tragically more than 6,600 deaths by suicide among the 10-24 age group in 2020 … In early 2021, emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts were 51 percent higher for adolescent girls compared to early 2019.”