Everything seems to be going up in this economy, including child care rates and suicides in the country

August 21 – The Centers for Disease Control announced that the overall suicide rates have increased from 2021 to 2022, however the rates have declined for people 10 to 24 years of age. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “It’s good to see it declining among the younger demographic, but overall among the general public, the rates continue to increase. There have been a lot of efforts at the government level the past couple of years to try to intervene. There’s now a hotline people can call if they’re in a mental health crisis. Part of that story was all-time records of people abusing marijuana and alcohol and you wonder could this all be tied together? But again, at the state level, and even to some extent the local level, you’re seeing a lot more engagement on the issue of suicide prevention.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “Now we have other articles though, whether or not suicide, may be, I hate how they manipulate statistics, though, possibly down in 10 to 24 year olds, that doesn’t mean the mental health problems aren’t down because physicians groups beg for help with emergency rooms flooded by children in psychiatric crisis is another headline from just over the weekend.”

Barkdoll said, “Let’s say the 20 year old who dies of a drug overdose, that does not get classified as a suicide in many cases, yet there would be an argument that maybe that should be categorized in that same statistic. If you would count all of those deaths, that would also change that overall number.”

Add to all of this the fact that the national average price of daycare and preschool services are up six percent last month compared to a year ago, and the future for this country could be rough. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “I don’t care what lies Joe Biden is selling for you and the media is carrying for you. Your gas, your groceries, your inflation doesn’t matter a hill of beans here. He can lie all he wants to you and to the media that will carry it for you. You see these costs. And if you want more of this, you’re going to vote for him again. That’s a pretty big jump out of the CPI report childcare prices.”

Barkdoll said, “This is a huge problem. I work with a few local daycare preschool facilities. They all tell me how difficult it is to find workers. Their costs have gone up significantly with wages and other costs. I often cite Mike Ross. We have these discussions. He very correctly and appropriately always reminds groups, this daycare issue is an economic development issue. If you’ve got a company wanting to relocate to your area, oftentimes very high on their list, is there adequate daycare? Is there adequate preschool? If you’re not able to offer that in your community, that business is likely going elsewhere. So if you look at it from that perspective, this really is a problem that affects everybody.”