The US election results proclaim Republican candidate Donald Trump as the country’s 45th president. However, it seems there is more to the GOP nominee’s win.
The entire world expected that Democrat Hillary Clinton will end up victorious against the Republican. The polls, forecasts, and the world was proved wrong.
However, that’s not the only shock of the evening. Not only is the election results surprising, it is for some quite frightening.
Even while the presidential results were being tallied state by state, it seemed quite obvious that the president-elect was going to win the race. While some remained hopeful for their candidate, others realized their worst nightmares.
And indeed, it was for them such as fearful result that they thought about ending their own lives.
Election Results Prompted Suicide Thoughts
We thought that the news of Canadian immigration website crashing was crazy. Due to the sheer number of interested Americans to migrate, the site crashed. Because for some, an America with Trump is not a country they would like to live in.
However, another news from the Washington Post proved to be more worrisome. The report shared how suicide hotlines spiked as soon as election results were released.
According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, they have reached an “unprecedented volume for that hour on a Wednesday,” where their lines rang 660 times just between 1-2 am on Wednesday.
Lifeline director John Draper told the Washington Post that the calls they received were more than twice the number they usually get on a normal basis. He also added that even before the elections, they have received calls of distress and panic that are related to the presidential elections.
Other than the said suicide hotline, another lifeline specifically for the LGBTQ has also experienced a surge. Steve Mendelsohn deputy executive director of the Trevor Project also shared that calls doubled between the hours 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Mendelsohn shared that “We have made so much progress over the past few years, and there’s a fear that we’re going backward and that LGBTQ people are going to lose their rights. Young people are worried about their futures.”
While Trump was never anti-LGBTQ, the fear was that the people he will put in office might not be as supportive.
Despite the negative reception to the election results, supporters ask that people give the president-elect the benefit of the doubt. Some even argued that they would have done the same if the results were the other way around.