Daniel Furniss of Crookhorn, England, battled bipolar disorder before the precaution of social distancing spiraled him into deep depression, said his younger sister Chelsea, 28, at Portsmouth News.
“One of the things he struggled with was being alone,” she said. “Dan had diabetes and was classified as a high-risk person, so after the lockout he couldn’t get out, which we think pushed him to the limit.
Furniss was forced to follow the strictest self-isolation guidelines because of his diabetes – and, as an extrovert, did not adapt well to the lack of face-to-face contact, the newspaper reported.
“We feared he would be isolated and kept in touch, but we could not see him,” said Chelsea, adding that before the epidemic he had a solid social life.
“He went out to play Pokemon Go at the park with his friends and his brother and played against other teams,” she said. “Dan has brought a lot of joy to everyone’s life. Although he is 34 years old, he was just a big kid at heart, “she said.
She now hopes health officials will release better guidelines to help people with mental illness cope with feelings of isolation linked to quarantine.
“There is not enough advice for people with mental health issues,” she said. “We could do more to help people who find it difficult to isolate themselves. I hope that what happened with Dan can raise awareness of these issues. “
In New York, a desperate Bronx man with coronavirus attempted suicide by a cop after calling 911, according to the cops.
Health officials in other regions, including Portland, Oregon, saw the number of 911-related suicide calls exploded after the city’s declaration of a coronavirus emergency, calls for self-injury increased by 41%.