Dr. Kevin Campbell, an expert in cardiac arrest in women, suggested on Dec. 8 that the suicide rate might go down because of the hope that President-elect Donald Trump brings to the nation (video below).
Fox News host Jenna Lee began the segment by asking Campbell why Americans are not healthier given all the medical information that the country has now compared to 20 years ago.
Campbell said the focus needed to be on medical prevention, and claimed that the "Affordable Care Act has really failed" in that area.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website notes that the Affordable Care Act lists the preventive services (15 for adults, 22 for women, 26 for children) that must be covered by health insurance plans without people having to meet their deductible or make a co-payment. This mandated free coverage for preventive services has never before existed in the history of the United States.
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Campbell went on to say that "one on three kids is obese now, so we've got to set better examples for our children."
First Lady Michelle Obama has been educating adults and children on healthy eating for years, and helped push through a healthy food plan for public schools that has consistently been attacked by conservatives and Fox News.
Lee asked Campbell about a study, noted by The Wall Street Journal, that mentioned "rising death rates in white, middle-aged Americans driven largely by increases in deaths from suicide, drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, and chronic liver disease."
"When I read that, all I see there is sadness," Lee stated.
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She asked Campbell his opinion, and he replied:
I think there’s been a lot of hopelessness in this country. And the opioid addiction problem has been huge. That’s been a huge cause of death. You know, accidental overdoses, and suicides especially among teenagers and children.
We have to give our kids hope again. And I hoping with the new administration, we can actually do that, make people feel good, support our children, support our seniors, make sure everybody feels like they have a fighting chance.
VICE reported in November that calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline skyrocketed in reaction to Trump's victory on Election Day.
John Draper, head of the lifeline, told the news site:
As the evening wore on, we saw a doubling of calls. We had about a 140 percent increase over normal number of calls. At 1 AM alone, 166 people called in, which is something we haven't typically seen.
What was different about the election is that to my knowledge there was not a lot of promoting of the Lifeline number—there was a lot of active seeking out of the number online.
Liz Eddy, director of communications of the Crisis Text Line, added: "The words 'election' and 'scared' are the top two things being mentioned by texters."
Danielle Cohn, a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at American University in Washington D.C., said, "I worked at McLean [a psychiatric hospital in Boston] during the Boston Marathon bombings, and even that didn't affect people in the same way. This election is much more personally triggering for people."