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

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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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    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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A controversial new NGO law was drafted with critics arguing it targets activists and the Thai government saying it ensures transparency. The Draft Act on the Operations of Not-for-Profit Organisations was written by the Office of the Council of State in February and debated in the second half of March, but could be passed into law soon. Human rights groups claim the law has provisions that would allow the Thai government to harass civil society groups and activism leaders by qualifying them as non-government organisations, or NGOs. The new law would require NGOs to re-register following new guidelines the government claims will cut down on dubious organisations claiming money but not working for the public interest.

The problem arises because the protests that have plagued the Thai government for that last year often receives backing from foreign groups. A statement from 3 UN Special Rapporteurs worried that the broad language of the law could restrict non-profits working for human rights, with a vague definition of what qualifies as an NGO potentially including any group and enforcing strict NGO regulations on them. Section 1 of the draft states a sweeping goal for the bill.

“[…]to regulate the operation of not-for-profit organizations in the Kingdom to ensure propriety, morality, openness, transparency, and the genuine serving of public and national interest without any hidden and fraudulent agenda.”

This broadness could be used to classify anti-government groups as NGOs and then punish them with little legal recourse. Another section allows authorities to circumvent warrants and advance notice to enter organisations’ offices and copy their emails or other sensitive documents. Equally worrisome are the harsh penalties of up to 100,000 baht in fines and 5 years in jail for those who break the law.

The Union for Civil Liberty stressed that the heavy-handed punishments could dissuade organisations that benefit society by stifling non-profit organisations and prosecuting those that do not sufficiently meet the government’s demands. The Centre for the Protection of Children’s Rights Foundation noted that the NGO law had become much more extreme than the original drafted version. The Bangkok Post suspected the bill is intended to intimidate protest groups calling for democratic reform and rallying against the lese majeste laws.

“The bill will clip the wings of civic agencies that challenge unjust laws and law enforcement. The government must be open to scrutiny. If it practises good governance, there is no reason for concern and the new law should not be used in a dubious way.”

The law has not been enacted yet but is expected to go to parliament later this month after a cabinet review.

SOURCE: Global Voices

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Thailand’s Covid-19 infections are still on the rise, with the Kingdom reporting 1,543 new infections in the last 24 hours. Only 3 of those are imported with 1,540 being cases of community transmission. Thailand has now recorded 37,453 infections. 8,973 patients are receiving hospital treatment, 41 of whom have pneumonia.

11 people are currently in a serious condition on ventilators.

1,540 were community cases, most from the hot zone of Bangkok with 409 new infections. Chiang Mai had 278 new cases, Prachuap Khiri Khan 98 and Chon Buri (including Pattaya) 98.

UPDATE: Dr Chawetsan Namwat, the acting director for emergency health at the Department of Disease Control, says that people will need to consider working from home for 2 weeks if they live in a red zone area.

He said that it may be necessary to increase restrictions further to mitigate the upward trajectory of Covid-19 that is expected to rise after Songkran. Those red zone areas include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Samut Prakan, Narathiwat, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani and Sa Kaeo.

“To reduce risks, people should work from home after the Songkran festival.”

Covid UPDATE: New cases rise to 1,543, DDC recommends work from home in red zone areas | News by ThaigerHere’s the trajectory of the outbreak since April 1…

April 1 – 26 infections
April 2 – 58 infections
April 3 – 84 infections
April 4 – 96 infections
April 5 – 194 infections
April 6 – 250 infections
April 7 – 334 infections
April 8 – 405 infections
April 9 – 559 infections
April 10 – 789 infections
April 11 – 967 infections
April 12 – 985 infections
April 13 – 965 infections
April 14 – 1,335 infections
April 15 – 1,543 infections

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The governor of Bangkok says anyone who has had contact with a Covid-19 patient must self-isolate for 10 days, the incubation period for the virus. Nation Thailand reports that Governor Aswin Kwanmuang has issued advice for those self-isolating, saying they must adhere to the following 4 steps.

1. Sleep in a separate room to other residents
2. Do not eat with other people living in the house
3. Separate trash, as garbage used by a potentially infected person can be a source of transmission
4. Use a separate bathroom where possible. If not possible, the potentially infected person should be last to use the bathroom, washing sinks and the toilet seat after each use

The governor says people who live alone in a house or condo can use a food delivery service, but must wear a mask while in the presence of food delivery workers, as well as washing their hands regularly. Condominium residents must advise the building manager that they are self-isolating and avoid using common areas such as elevators.

Masks should be worn at all times indoors and all residents should observe social distancing while in common areas. Building managers are responsible for instructing residents to observe disease prevention measures and should also undertake regular disinfection of common areas and manage potentially infectious waste appropriately.

Nation Thailand lists the following numbers for those who need further medical advice.

Covid-19 situation at the Bangkok Health Office Hotline (02) 203 2393 or (02) 203 2396 or (02) 203 2883 and (02) 245 4964 (24 Hours)

BKK COVID-19 website hotline (02) 203 2393 and (02) 203 2396 (service hours 8am-10pm)

People with Covid-19 symptoms should contact the Erawan Centre, Bangkok 1646. People at risk of exposure to infectious cases can call the Emergency Operation Centre at 097 046 7549 and the Department of Disease Control at 1422.

Infected patients can get more advice on self-isolation at the Medical Department Hotline 1668, the National Institute of Emergency Medicine 1669 or the NHSO 1330 hotline, 24 hours a day.

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