California Doctors: We See More Deaths From Suicides During Lockdown Than From Coronavirus

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 22, 2020   |   3:23PM   |   Sacramento, CA

Doctors in California have made a shocking admission than puts to death the argument that somehow pro-life people are not truly pro-life or don’t care about Americans after birth if they want to reopen the country. They confirm they have seen more Californians kill themselves because of the lockdown than have actually died from the coronavirus.

“The numbers are unprecedented,” Dr. Michael deBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, told ABC 7 News about the incredible number of lockdown-prompted suicides.

Dr. deBoisblanc says he’s seen about an entire year’s worth of suicides in just the last four weeks and he is calling on pro-abortion Governor Gavin Newsom to end the lockdown and reopen America’s most populous state.

“We’ve never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time,” he said. “I mean we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.”

“Personally, I think it’s time,” he said of reopening. “I think, originally, this was put in place to flatten the curve and to make sure hospitals have the resources to take care of COVID patients. We have the current resources to do that, and our other community health is suffering.”

Meanwhile, a nurse who spoke with the local ABC news outlet echoed the concerns. Kacey Hansen, a trauma center nurse at John Muir Medical Center for more than 30 years says that the massive amount of people taking their own lives has put a stress on the hospital system and more it more difficult for medical professionals to save people who try to end their own lives.

“What I have seen recently, I have never seen before,” Hansen said. “I have never seen so much intentional injury.”

Hansen says a focus on mental health is very important right now

“They intend to die,” Hansen said. “Sometimes, people will make what we call a ‘gesture’. It’s a cry for help.We’re just seeing something a little different than that right now. It’s upsetting.”

The dramatically high number of suicides cases is not surprising and one study predicted it beforehand. A study from the Well Being Trust found conditions from the pandemic — including lost jobs, isolation, and fear over the future — could lead to 75,000 deaths in the nation from drug or alcohol abuse and suicide over the next decade.

Wesley Smith, an attorney, author and euthanasia opponent said more needs to be done to combat suicides and he’s worried assisted suicide advocacy makes suicide seem more positive.

Suicidal ideation is suicidal ideation — regardless of the reason for wanting to die. Everyone who becomes suicidal because of a COVID-19 impact — or for any other reason — should receive prevention services. Everyone. It is illogical and destructive to the value of human life for New Jersey (and other pro–assisted suicide states) to have such a lethally dichotomous public policy.

ACTION: Help is available. Speak with a counselor today at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255