- 4 Sep 2020
- Local time
- 2:59 AM
- Chicago, IL - Midwest USA
My 73 yo friend who I couldn't get hold of during lock down is now back in touch. He said he contemplated suicide because of a series of things. His abusive son moved in with him for covid, so he panic bought a retirement unit ( he owns with conditions) to get away from his son who is a bully and an absolute a hole. He lost his weekend job, he's a butcher. Then he had a lump removed from his neck.
Long story short he's in a happy place now. We went out for the day during the week. He txt me the following day thanking me. I wonder what the suicide rates are like compared to pre covid?
I've heard that there has been an increase in mental health issues overall, substance abuse, domestic violence and divorce since the pandemic started. I don't know the stats on any of it though.
I'm glad your friend has you to be there for him. That kind of support is invaluable and we never know if it just might save a life.