Not-quite-Social Services –
March 25, 2020 – “We hear a lot of people saying I feel very alone, I’m very anxious and scared. We’re getting a lot more calls about suicide and suicidal thinking,” Christina Bradley, manager of support programs at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC), told BuzzFeed News. “History shows us that in times of crisis,” we see more mental health-related problems, she said. She said she was very worried about an increase in the number of people killing themselves. Portland Police said on Tuesday that they were seeing a huge spike in calls involving suicide attempts, while New York announced it was setting up a mental health hotline for people to call if they were feeling overwhelmed by the stress caused by the coronavirus. Forced to close their doors to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, most peer support groups are now moving online, which some participants say is helpful, or at least better than nothing.