March 26, 2020
Stories like this one may become increasingly common as the coronavirus lockdown measures remain in place.
The cure is worse than the disease.
A ‘beautiful’ teenager who feared being isolated with coronavirus has died after attempting to take her life, her family have confirmed.
‘Funny and charming’ Emily Owen, who had high-functioning autism and ‘a daily battle to fit in and conform to social norms’, passed away after a suicide attempt.
The 19-year-old’s family said the young waitress had been unable to cope ‘with her world closing in, plans being cancelled and being stuck inside’.
Her devastated family have demanded more awareness and support for people struggling with mental health issues during the pandemic.
Emily, from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, had warned loved ones days before the tragedy: ‘More people will die from suicide during this than the virus itself‘.
Her family said the teenager was concerned about coronavirus and the ‘mental health impacts of isolation’.
Emily, who had been planning on volunteering to help others struggling to cope, died in hospital on Sunday after being found critically ill on Wednesday, March 18.
Her family suspect the ‘fear of the unknown may have driven her over the edge’.
Her sister Annabel Owen, 21, said in a tribute posted online: ‘Emily was very concerned about coronavirus itself but more concerned about the mental health impact of isolation and the fear of the unknown.’
Emily, who was described by her family as ‘talented and a little bit crazy’, signed up to be an organ donor aged 12. Three children will benefit from her gift of life.
Annabel added in the Facebook tribute: ‘We are all absolutely devastated but also immensely proud of everything she achieved in her life.
‘So many people have messaged us saying how Emily helped them through hard times of their own, and we had no idea how much positive impact she had on those around her.
Governments should make nationwide polls asking if people would rather be exposed to the coronavirus or remain socially isolated for months.
Or perhaps it would be better to just create coronavirus quarantine isolation camps and throw all of the people who agree with the lockdown, the old, and the obese in them, while allowing the rest to continue living their lives.
That would be a win-win for everyone.
Right now, we’ve basically made a suicide pact.
It’s disgusting and boomers and doomers should be ashamed.