Suicide is something no one wants to talk about, but mental health experts say it's a critical conversation to start. The rate of suicide in Alabama is higher than the national average. It's a problem so pervasive, the CDC says suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between 10 and 34 years old.
The isolation is meant for infection control, but it also keeps the strain this virus is having on the healthcare system out of the public’s view. For weeks, hospitals across Alabama have reported more patients needing ICU care than there are beds available.
Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in Alabama. State health leaders tell us right now they are working several COVID-19 outbreaks. Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health calls it a “disturbing trend”.