The suicide rate has increased in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic’s second wave, particularly among women and children, even though it fell in the first wave when the government offered generous handouts to people, The Japan Times reported, citing a survey. [TOKYO]
The study by researchers at the Tokyo and the University of Hong Kong Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology revealed, The July-October suicide rate increased by 16% from the same period a year earlier, reversing the 14% February-June decline.
In a study, the researchers said, “Unlike the normal economic situation, this pandemic disproportionately affects the psychological health of adolescents, children, and women (especially housewives).
The report said the long-running epidemic had negatively affected industries where women were the main workers and increased the burden on working mothers and led to an increase in domestic violence.
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