Containment can be very tough on morale and can even become too much for people with mental health issues to bear.
A father has had a rough weekend after his 24-year-old son threatened to kill himself with a knife.
“It took me 45 minutes to take the knife out of his hand because he said he was going to take his own life. He said to me “I am not capable, I am angry with my life”, “he told TVA Nouvelles.
Her son was transported to the Douglas Institute. The youngster, who is bipolar, made three suicide attempts during the pandemic.
“He can’t go to a lot of places, he’s always at home. It’s really not good for the head, ”added his father.
Tuesday morning, he was one of 19 patients waiting in the emergency room where only six stretchers are available.
The last few days have been particularly busy in mental health facilities, much more so than during the first wave.
“Certainly anxiety disorders play a lot inside the second wave. Also, let’s not forget that there are a lot of people who have lost their jobs, compared to the first wave. So that also has an impact on their anxiety level, on their stress level. We see a lot of consultations taking place to this end, ”explained Amine Saadi, deputy director of specialized mental health services at the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.
The number of suicides has not increased. According to prevention experts, people are hearing from their loved ones, virtually, for example, and we must continue.
But for this father, the concern remains at its peak: his son was able to go out on Tuesday evening, but he would have liked the establishment to keep him longer.
“I know he has a problem in his head. I know it’s not funny, going through this. For me, it’s really difficult. Me, I’m afraid! ”, He confided.