Female suicide Increased since July "Severe worries caused by the new corona" October 21, 18:29
Since July, an organization requested by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to analyze the increasing number of women committing suicide nationwide held a meeting and said, "DV = domestic violence and child-rearing from spouse due to the influence of the new coronavirus. The worries of the virus are becoming more serious. "
According to the National Police Agency, the number of people who committed suicide nationwide has increased since July from the same period last year, especially in August at 1854, 16% higher than last year.
Of these, 651 are women, an increase of 40%.
Regarding this, an organization in Tokyo, which was requested by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to analyze the tendency of suicide, held a press conference on the 21st.
According to this, since July, the number of suicides of women living together and unemployed women has increased, and as a result of analyzing the content of consultations received by support groups, DV from spouse due to the influence of the new coronavirus It is possible that the cause is that the worries about child-rearing, child-rearing, and economic problems are becoming more serious.
At the same time, it is said that the influence of the media reporting the suicide of the entertainer can be seen.
In addition, 42 high school students committed suicide in August, more than double that of the same period last year.
It is possible that changes in the environment, such as temporary closures and online classes, have had an impact.
On the other hand, there were concerns about the impact of unemployment, but the group believes that the impact on suicide has been suppressed as of August by the national support system such as housing security benefits.
Yasuyuki Shimizu, the representative of the "Life Supporting Suicide Countermeasures Promotion Center," said, "There is a risk that the number of suicides will continue to increase. There is no silver bullet to prevent suicide, and it is necessary to take measures for each person who has a problem." I'm talking.
Consultation with NPO Nearly 70% of women in their 30s or younger
Tokyo's NPO "Lifelink", which is working on suicide countermeasures, has begun accepting consultations using SNS from an adult.
Six days a week, an average of 15 to 20 counselors interact with people who send messages on LINE each day.
According to Lifelink, the number of consultations received was in the 3000s until March, but increased to 5000 in May and exceeded 15,000 last month.
There are many consultations about the new coronavirus, and in addition to the worries that the school is temporarily closed and it is difficult to stay at home or cannot live without work, there are also many people who complain of mental disorders due to stress.
Nearly 70% of the people who consult are women in their 30s or younger, and Yasuyuki Shimizu, the representative of "Lifelink," said, "Young people often connect to consultations on SNS, and it is important to connect to them from there." I am.
In addition, consultations on domestic problems such as DV = domestic violence and abuse are increasing.
The Yokohama City NPO "Women and Human Rights Support Center Step", which supports women suffering from domestic violence, received about 100 consultations in the six months from April to the end of last month, the same as last year. It surged to about twice the time.
Specifically, it seems that the effects of the new coronavirus are the effects of self-restraint, such as the violence and rants from the husband getting worse while refraining from going out, and the worries that stress accumulated and raised the hand to the child. The consultation is conspicuous.
Kayomi Kurihara, Chairman of the "Women and Human Rights Support Center Step", said, "Due to the influence of the stay home, the burden on women, such as family meals, child care, and parental care, has increased several times. It is thought that the more time we spend together, the more noticeable the other person's dislikes are, and the more violence and rants we have. "
On top of that, "Some people may have committed suicide by continuing to blame themselves for being bad mothers and wives if they had not been consulted. In their self-restraint life, many people are troubled and cornered by themselves. It is necessary to create a window that connects with society and not to isolate it. "
NPO "Consultation counter is flat"
Due to the increase in consultations regarding suicide, there are cases where support groups cannot handle all of them.
According to the NPO "Lifelink" in Tokyo, about 10% of the 15,000 consultations received on SNS last month were 1617.
We are increasing the number of counselors, but we are not keeping up with the increase in the number of counselors.
Yasuyuki Shimizu, the representative of Lifelink, said, "The challenge is how to increase the number of consultation counters that can be handled in a punctured state. We must secure a saucer while training counselors."
According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, there are cases where even the consultation desks of other support groups cannot receive calls or immediately reply to emails and SNS messages.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is calling for the use of a site where you can search for a familiar consultation counter, saying, "Consultations may be concentrated at some counters, so if you cannot contact us, please consult with other counters." ..
The URL is "http://shienjoho.go.jp/", which means that we accept consultations by email, SNS, fax, etc. in addition to telephone.
In addition, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to include approximately 2.6 billion yen in the budget request for the next fiscal year, including the cost of increasing the number of counselors, in order to strengthen the counseling system of support groups and local governments nationwide.