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Suicides spike during pandemic, police ask social media influencers for help

Caitlin Ashworth

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Suicides are on the rise in Thailand and some say stress brought on by the coronavirus pandemic contributed to the spike in self inflicted deaths. To help prevent the future suicides, mental health officials are asking social media influencers for help.

Over a 6 month span, suicides have spiked by about 20%. 2,551 suicide cases were reported in the first 6 months of the pandemic, 459 more cases than the same time last year. Mental Health Department Director General Kiartipoom Wongrachit says the increasing numbers are a big concern. The department teamed up with the police’s Crime Suppression Division and are asking for help from social media influencers.

An officer from the division, Jirapob Phuridet, says the police have recruited popular Thai influencers like Drama Addict, Mam Po Dum and More Lab Panda to help out with the plan. Thai PBS didn’t go into detail into what they call a “proactive” plan, but say there will be consultations available for those who need support.

Signs of suicide have been increasing on social media, Kiartipoom says. While some social media platforms, like Facebook, have technology that can detect video clips recording self harm or suicides, Kiartipoom says there are many other signs to look out for that the technology can’t detect. He says there have been an increase of farewell messages and suicide plots posted on social media. But since many suicide signs are on social media, Kiartipoom says it’s difficult for health officals to reach those who might need help.

“These people in distress are in need of help immediately.”

SOURCE: Thai PBS

 

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15 Comments

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    rinky stingpiece

    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    lack of social mobility, lack of welfare state, and debt probably don’t help.

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    Alex

    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Terrible. The WHO should be held responsible as well as the governments who follow their insane, unsubstantial guidelines! Put an end to the Restrictions! End The Lockdown!

    “2,551 suicide cases were reported in the first 6 months of the pandemic, 459 more cases than the same time last year.”

    The cure is much worse then the disease and will ultimately kill more people then Corona ever will! Can’t you see what you are doing here? End it now! What is wrong with you people!

    Corona isn’t much worse then a bad flu, and we all know it! Why continue this madness! End it!

    This whole plandemic is a crime against humanity!

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    jason

    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    I am a Funeral Director in my home country of Australia. Here we have had severe restrictions where only 7 family members were allowed to attend a Funeral, because of coronavirus. They were terrible times. But now, with the restrictions having taken effect and numbers of new cases reducing, there is hope.Suicides are on the rise for obvious reasons. People have lost their jobs. People are struggling to pay for normal expenses. People feel things are hopeless. So it is not surprising that these depressing conditions make suicide seem like a way out.

    Remember that there is hope. Hope of vaccines (130 are in trial from all around the world). Almost 99% of the population of the world, don’t have the virus. If we all do the sensible steps to end the pandemic, then it will come toand end just like the Spanish Flu. There was no vaccine for it….it just slowly declined and was gone.

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      Darren

      Monday, September 14, 2020 at 8:26 am

      Government & order followers are more dangerous then any virus. There are a lot of doctors coming out saying hydroxychloroquine & zinc work well in fighting the virus. These doctors are being censored by social media, face book, you tube, twitter to name a few. The drug has been around for something like 60 years though big pharma & Kill Gates with his monopoly on world health & control of a large amount of the media will make more money & reduce the population to lower CO2 with new fast track vaccines. Killing the global economy will lead to wars that will kill more people then COVID. People are dying from heart attacks, gun shot wounds, car accidents or what ever & cause of death they say is COVID. The tests for COVID can not even be trusted. Wake up people this is con job 19

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    What do they expect? Their bans are denying the population means to even eat?

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      Sami

      Friday, September 11, 2020 at 1:13 am

      Where is our great yap Steve…let him open his mouth here….

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    Patrick Nouvel

    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Unfortunately its as forecasted, and its only a start… Pick should be in December if no hope of full reopening of the country in january….

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      Willy Trappe'

      Friday, September 11, 2020 at 1:57 am

      Terrible, how fare are these politicians are detached from people’s life reality. Just disgusting , everyone knows that the majority of Thai people work today, to eat tomorrow. Shame on the Thai government.

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    Genevieve Hawkins

    Friday, September 11, 2020 at 1:04 am

    Is this any surprise? Your death doesn’t count unless it’s a coronavirus death…

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      Mark

      Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7:43 am

      You can be knocked down by a bus but if you are found to have covid when tested after that is recorded as a covid19 death in the UK.. that’s the madness it had become ! Dear destroying people’ss lives and the economy

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    Edy F.

    Friday, September 11, 2020 at 1:36 am

    I agree with Alex but, unfortunately, this happens not only in Thailand.
    It’s part of the plan of these satanic globalists, the new world order billionaires. They want to reduce the population all over the world and destroy the economy. And WHO and world bank are now controlling Thailand.

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    Johnny Rambo

    Friday, September 11, 2020 at 1:47 am

    Alex@

    What do you expect from such a primitive country governed by a bunch of corrupt and brainless dictators ? The Thais are a highly backward people destroying their economy just because of this absolutely ridiculous Covid hysteria.

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    Ray W.

    Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Its only going to get worse unless we open the boarders now, bring the foreign tourists and investors back in, get the capital flowing again, and manage the risk like leaders – not cower from it. If we move now maybe, just maybe, we might recover in 4 years. Tragic.

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    david MCeary

    Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5:54 am

    I live in Pattaya. The amount of street people and beach people having been growing rapidly in the last two months everyday. It is spiking. In other developed nations countries everytime there is an economic downturn suicides rise rapidly as well as family divorce rates. I am happy for the drachonian goveremnt actions that feel very dictatorship in there ways for myself. But I see the dramatic cost to Thailands common people also as a result. I don’t think the goverement should bask in their glorry about the Covid cases and deaths here. They have caused a lot of other despair and deaths that are not counted in their proud statistics. A Democratic Goverement is just that. The peoples elected officials will make policy. Not a goverement formed by a coup.

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      Sami

      Friday, September 11, 2020 at 10:07 pm

      David…..Very well said….

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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