Working Men Increase suicide The effects of the Corona Virus on the deterioration of the employment situation or November 21 at 7:35 p.m.
The suicide of a man in the high school is increasing. More than 700 men in their 20s and 50s committed suicide in September, surpassing the same period last year for the second month in a row, and experts believe the worsening employment situation caused by the new coronavirus is having an impact.
According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, 640 women committed suicide nationwide in the month of September, surpassing the same period last year for four consecutive months, and 705 men in their 20s and 50s, 56 last year, up 8.6%.
There were 706 men of the same age who committed suicide in August, up 6.6% from last year, but two more points worse in a month.
According to LifeLink, a non-profit organization that works to prevent suicide, many men are more likely to worry about not wanting to show their weaknesses, and the challenge is how to consult them before they are driven in.
Yasuyuki Shimizu said, “Due to the new coronavirus, men in their prime, mainly non-regular workers and self-employed workers, are being hunted down. It is necessary to continue the policy to protect employment.”
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has set up a search site for consultation desks.
The URL is http://shienjoho.go.jp/.
Some people were driven to live on the street.
The employment situation has gradually deteriorated since the spread of the new coronavirus.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the “full unemployment rate” nationwide has risen to 3.0% since November last year, when it was 2.2%.
The active job openings-to-applicants ratio also declined for the ninth consecutive month, falling to 1.03 times.
According to the credit reporting firm Imperial Data Bank, more than 700 companies have gone bankrupt due to the new coronavirus since February.
Hot Plus, a non-profit organization in Saitama City that provides support for the needy, has received many consultations from men of the working generation since March.
Some people confide their worries, such as, “I can’t decide on a job due to the influence of the Corona Virus, and I can’t pay the rent,” or “I can’t even pay for transportation to lose my job and go back to my parents’ home.”
Some of the men I consulted were driven to live on the streets.
A man in his thirties who worked as a contractor at a leisure facility in Niigata Prefecture lost his job due to the new coronavirus, and his money almost bottomed out last month.
By chance, I was introduced to an NPO by the owner of a restaurant I visited, and now I live in a shelter operated by this NPO.
The man who was going to receive welfare said, “When I was living on the street, I became more and more stuck, and I couldn’t help myself. I didn’t expect the effects of the new coronavirus to be so far, but I want to be able to connect with society and live on my own.”
Akihiro Takano, a life counselor at Hot Plus, a non-profit organization that protected men, said, “I feel that the lives of people who have lived normally until now have been shaken from the very root. Small and medium-sized enterprises are working hard now, but unless the epidemics converge, the situation will become even more serious.”
A man in his 20s in Tokyo “needs to be able to consult”
In February of this year, a man in his 20s in Tokyo was suddenly fired by his company and was forced out of his dormitory within the same day.
I moved to a weekly apartment with my pregnant wife, but I couldn’t pay the rent, so I started sleeping with my husband and wife in a car I borrowed from a friend.
I looked for a job on the Internet and job change sites to get a job again, and applied to about 50 companies in total, but all of the results were not adopted.
The HR person in charge explained that “management is severe because of the Corona Virus, and the selection itself is postponed”, and even a short-term part-time job was not found.
When I asked a man to show me his blog at the time, he said, “I’m unemployed now. I’m in such a hell that I can’t help myself anymore. I’m in the middle of a terrible and harsh life. I don’t really know what life is.”
The man recalls his feelings at the time: “Even if I want to get a job again, I couldn’t find a job because of the Corona Virus, and I had no fear that I would run out of money.”
According to the man, only one rice ball and water were ary in his mouth a day, and his money was still only 500 yen, and he finally committed suicide. As for his feelings at the time, the man said, “I was under a lot of pressure to let my wife have a hard time, and every day I thought, ‘I have to do something about it.’ But I couldn’t help it, and I wanted to protect my family alone, and I became thinking that if I died, I would be able to protect it with insurance.”
In June, the man accidentally sent a message on social media to the consultation desk of a support group he found on the Internet, “I want someone to listen to me at the end.”
The counselor who saw it prepared the room where it was possible to stay on the day, and it was able to stop the suicide. As for his feelings at the time, the man said, “I had a feeling that there was someone to listen to, and the most reassuring feeling was that I didn’t have to stay overnight in the car, and that there were some things I ate. It’s scary to think that if the consultation isn’t connected.”
After that, the man who said that he had found a job said, “I never thought I would be in this situation. I feel that the parts that I couldn’t do anything about myself were pretty big. On the other hand, I had a strong feeling that I could do something about it myself, and I couldn’t accept what I couldn’t do, and I couldn’t even try to talk to someone. Even if you worry alone, it won’t solve the problem, and you’ll have to think in a bad direction, so if you have a place and opportunity to talk a little bit, it won’t be the worst situation. It can be e-mail or text, so I think it is more necessary to be able to consult with them.”
NPO “Strengthening Support for Working Men”
LifeLink, a non-profit organization in Tokyo that works to prevent suicide, accepts consultations using SNS six days a week.
On average, between 15 and 20 counselors are interacting with people who have sent messages on LINE, but since the spread of the new coronavirus infection, consultations from men in their active work have been prominent.
Yasuyuki Shimizu, head of LifeLink, said, “Women are more pronounced when they see only the rate of increase in suicides, but there are still many male suicides. In particular, non-regular workers and self-employed people who are not stable in management are directly affected by the new coronavirus.”
“Perhaps the support measures and employment measures that the government has taken so far have protected the stability of people’s lives and their lives,” he said, “and if the employment situation deteriorates further, it could lead to deterioration of human relations and mental health, and increase the risk of suicide. In Japan, there are still many households where men support the income of their families, and protecting the work of working men also protects the lives and lives of their families. It is necessary to strengthen support for working men.”