A Pandemic of Suicide? Mental Health-Addictions Therapist Calls for End to WA Mask/Isolation Mandates

Is there hope for our Seattle community? Not if we stay isolated, frozen, and divided in fear.

Thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns, children are ten times more likely to die from suicide than from the coronavirus they’re meant to be protected from.

I believe we have not placed enough value on a fundamental human need: the need to connect and TRULY care for each other.

In the terror of covid 2020, we cancelled mental health, and we need to revive it now.

A grainy photocard of my last good-bye to my mom in the ICU. We will all die someday. How will we live today?
From this article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7680614/

Virus Tolls Similar Despite Governors’ Contrasting Actions

Nearly a year after California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the nation’s first statewide shutdown because of the coronavirus, masks remain mandated, indoor dining and other activities are significantly limited, and Disneyland remains closed.

By contrast, Florida has no statewide restrictions. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has prohibited municipalities from fining people who refuse to wear masks. And Disney World has been open since July.

Despite their differing approaches, California and Florida have experienced almost identical outcomes in COVID-19 case rates.

As new COVID-19 cases decrease nationally, governors in more than half the states have taken actions during past two weeks to end or ease coronavirus restrictions, according to an Associated Press tally. Some capacity limits ended Friday in Maryland and Oklahoma. Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Wyoming are relaxing restrictions in the coming week.

Did you know that Washington State has one of the lowest rates of COVID in the nation? Yet in Washington state, we remain masked and isolated.

“Why aren’t we, as a country, doing anything about this part of the pandemic that’s killing the people we love?”

-Ted Roberts, father of Christian Roberts. RIP Christian

Can we expand our “bubbles of safety” to save lives of those among us living in chronic despair?

“Let’s get back to what’s really real in life. The freedom we seek doesn’t come from Washington D.C. or Olympia. It’s up to us to negotiate our lives and our daily interactions with those around us. Keep doing what makes us human: love, joy, humor. Let’s keep the old manners of treating people kindly. Seeing them as humans instead of infectious agents…

We’ll stay out on the streets with our signs for the foreseeable future. We’re still finding people that care, people that are awake. We need to keep the remaining channels of free speech open by using them responsibly. Face-to-face connections are the most powerful. We’ll continue connecting on the street, at social gatherings, and in-person presentations. I encourage you to participate whenever you can.”

What if we allowed ourselves to explore valid needs on all sides of the debate, use critical discernment, and work bring balance to policies so health and mental health can coexist in harmony, and everyone can be included in the future version of Seattle, Washington, and our world community?

RE: The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19. The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks. Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include hypoxia, hypercapnia, shortness of breath, increased acidity and toxicity, activation of fear and stress response, rise in stress hormones, immunosuppression, fatigue, headaches, decline in cognitive performance, predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses, chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death. Governments, policy makers and health organizations should utilize prosper and scientific evidence-based approach with respect to wearing facemasks, when the latter is considered as preventive intervention for public health.

I’ll be marching for mental health and suicide prevention. Join us!

Seattle Truth Network

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Staci Sprout

Staci Sprout

…is a licensed psychotherapist from Seattle with over twenty-six years of experience as a therapist and social worker in a variety of clinical settings.