One of the first steps taken in all regions of the world to deal with the Corona epidemic is to close down educational institutions. The city of Las Vegas in the United States is no exception. In this new reality, various initiatives including online classes have been taken to continue the educational activities, but it has not saved the students from the mental crisis. As a result, the crisis of depression in children and young adults has become one of the biggest problems of the Coronation Age. It is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with. In Las Vegas, for example, suicides are on the rise among teenagers. To curb this trend, the city is now considering opening educational institutions.
The New York Times reports that 18 students in Clark County, Nevada, have committed suicide in the nine months since the school was closed in March last year due to corona. The list even includes 9-year-old children. Nine students committed suicide in the 12 months of the previous year. Officials have received more than 3,100 warnings through the early warning system used to identify students who have a tendency to commit suicide or are suffering from severe depression. In other words, more than 3,100 students have thought of committing suicide or harming themselves during this period, which is reflected in their behavior. The number of students who have committed suicide in and around the city of Las Vegas, and the growing trend, is putting pressure on Clark County, the fifth-largest county in the United States, to get students back to school as soon as possible. So much so that this month the Las Vegas Board of Education announced plans to open some elementary schools. However, both coronavirus and mortality rates are still high in Las Vegas.
Not only in Las Vegas, but across the United States, such a move is being seriously considered. The problem is that if the educational institution is opened, the risk of teachers and officials being attacked by corona and even death is increasing. Again, if the educational institutions are closed, the mental health of the students is being severely damaged, which is pushing them towards suicide.
Not just in Las Vegas, but across the United States. The problem is that if the educational institution is opened, the risk of teachers and officials being attacked by corona and even death is increasing. Again, if the educational institutions are closed, the mental health of the students is being severely damaged, which is pushing them towards suicide. Now education and health experts are reviewing which of the two risks is more serious. This situation has forced many, such as Arizona education supervisors, to make special requests to parents, where they urge all classes of people to come forward to address the psychological problems caused by corona among students and to prevent the spread of corona.
Jesus Zara, Clark County’s education superintendent, told the New York Times: We need to find a way to look after our children, to stand by them.However, it can be said with certainty that not all the suicides during the epidemic last year are related to the closure of educational institutions. However, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of students seeking emergency medical care for mental illness has risen significantly. However, the number of patients coming to the hospital with such problems has decreased. Because, due to corona, the number of people coming to the hospital with such problem as a precaution has decreased.
Even under normal circumstances, suicide is a matter that does not make sense. There is no way to warn in advance about any particular suicide incident. The epidemic has further complicated the problem. Mental health experts say things are coming up now that they have never faced before. As a result, it is harder than ever to identify the cause of suicide.
Greta Masetti works on the effects of violence and anxiety on children at CDC. Because, a large part of the children depend on the services provided by the educational institutions for mental health services. This door is now closed because of Corona.
In this case, the biggest siren is played by Brad Hunstable. “My son died in Corona,” the father said in a video message after burying his 12-year-old son Hayden in April last year. But not the way you think. ‘In a recent interview with a local newspaper about his son’s death, Hunstable said his son missed school and school friends badly during the lockdown. Loved playing football. Due to the lockdown, it also shuts down. As a result, he became obsessed with video games. He was hanged four days before his 13th birthday.
Considering this situation, the first wave of Corona did not stop and the initiative was taken to open schools in various cities including New York to a limited extent. Additional funding was sought from the federal government to run the education system in a mixed manner. But he opposes the Donald Trump administration of the time. Robert R. Redfield warned at the time that closing schools could be costly and could lead to an increase in suicides among students of all ages. Various mental health care providers at that time came forward to provide mental health services to the students in a virtual range. But in the heat of US politics and the turmoil of elections, everything is washed away. The matter goes out of discussion.
But now that it has been decided to keep the schools closed even in winter and no one knows exactly when they will reopen, parents have started talking about reopening the educational institutions. When it was decided to close the school last winter, some students committed suicide. An eleven-year-old student committed suicide while running a zoom class. These issues are now increasing with time. Pressure is mounting on education officials across the United States, not just in Las Vegas. It remains to be seen how this pressure will be addressed in the end.