Last month’s suicides increased by 40% from last year.
A total of 2153 people committed suicide last month, up 614 from the same period last year. The number of suicides has been increasing for four consecutive months since July, and the number of women in particular has increased significantly and serious conditions have continued.
According to the National Police Agency, the number of people who committed suicide last month is 2153 nationwide.
This was 614 compared to the same period last year, an increase of 39.9% at the rate.
By gender, men increased 21.3% year-on-year to 1302 and women by 82.6% to 851, with a significant increase in female suicides in particular.
By prefecture, Tokyo has the largest number of people with 255, followed by Saitama with 151, Kanagawa with 148, and Aichi with 126.
This is the fourth consecutive month of increase compared to last year, and the number of suicides in a month is the highest in five years.
The government is analyzing the effects of the new coronavirus and is promoting measures to prevent suicide.
NPO Representative: “It’s a state of emergency. Don’t worry about it alone.”
Yasuyuki Shimizu, head of LifeLink, a non-profit organization in Tokyo that is working on suicide countermeasures, said, “We see the situation as a state of emergency due to the rapid increase. In addition to reports of actor suicides, the impact of the new coronavirus may have been prolonged and employment, life, and human relations deteriorated.”
On top of that, he said, “It is necessary to analyze the data in detail and crush the causes one by one, and measures to protect lives in society as a whole are required. If you have a problem, please consult with people close to you without having to worry about it 1.”
In addition, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said, “I don’t know the detailed cause of the increase in the number of people who commit suicide, but I take it seriously,” and then said, “I think there are many people who are worried about their lives due to the effects of the new coronavirus, so please consult with people close to you, support agencies, and local governments without worrying about it alone.”
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has also set up a site where you can search for consultation desks.
The URL is “http://shienjoho.go.jp/”, which is that we accept consultations by phone, e-mail, SNS, fax, etc.
On the other hand, some contacts may not be able to receive phone calls due to the surge in consultations, or they may not be able to reply to e-mail or SNS messages immediately.
For this reason, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare says, “If you do not connect even after several contacts, I would like you to find other contact information and find a consultation destination somehow.”