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Monday, Nov. 16, 2009
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Let's not forget emotional toll from financial crisis

For people navigating their way through a bankruptcy or foreclosure — two of the most stressful events that can occur for a person under financial strain — some help is offered to get them back on their feet, such as the mandatory financial education course in bankruptcy cases.

But when the weight of financial ruin is also crushing its victims emotionally, what sort of help is offered?

None.

It's a disconnect that is alarming considering recent high-profile acts of violence connected to severe financial anguish, as well as the huge increases in the number of people winding their way through the court systems.

We will never know if anything could have prevented the shooting last week, in which a man walked inside the downtown Orlando engineering firm that fired him, killing Otis Beckford and injuring five others.

We do know that Jason Rodriguez, 40, who contended with underemployment and bankruptcy, is the latest person alleged to let his torment bubble over into a violent rage.

The death of Diane Ward, a 55-year-old mother of two, also prompted vast attention because she died inside her home in Isleworth, one of Orlando's richest addresses. Police charged her husband, Bob Ward, with shooting her in the head in September as he was contending with the bankruptcy of his companies as well as foreclosure.

How many other Otis Beckfords or Diane Wards are out there who we never hear about because their deaths aren't as public or they don't live in a swanky neighborhood?

"We don't know how many times these cases cause those kinds of pressures when they're not on the 11 o'clock news because they are not in the right ZIP code," said U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Arthur Briskman.

My guess is that there are many who suffer silently from domestic violence, depression, anxiety or other problems brought on by financial hurt without knowing where to turn for help.

The Middle District, which includes Orlando and runs from Fort Myers to Jacksonville, is now the second-busiest in the nation for bankruptcy filings, behind only Southern California. As of last month, there were 51,812 total filings in the district for 2009, up 48 percent over the same time last year.

And already the number of foreclosure filings this year in Orange County Circuit Court has outpaced the total for all of last year at 26,455.

Of course, not everyone going through bankruptcy, foreclosure or other financial hardship is in need of mental health services. But there is no denying the toll it takes on some people.

Briskman, who has been on the bench in Florida for 16 years, says the very idea of bankruptcy is to act as a release valve for this sort of pressure.

"The whole idea of bankruptcy is not the end," he said. "It's really a fresh start."

But it may not feel that way to those going through it. They may feel that they have lost too much to begin again.

The stigma of bankruptcy, foreclosure or other financial distress is still a source of anxiety.

Without any formal system to connect people going through these proceedings with the proper resources, lawyers are on the front lines.

"I've started keeping several psychologists' cards in my desk," said Elizabeth Green, a bankruptcy partner at Baker Hostetler.

If you need help now, dial 211, a crisis line operated by United Way that handles all manner of needs from assistance paying rent or utilities to mental health services. Lake County residents can call 352-483-2800.

Orange County Circuit Court already includes 211 on an informational sheet related to foreclosure filings, but doesn't specifically state that mental health services are available. The court should make that distinction and provide a list of additional resources as well. The federal courts should follow that lead and provide the same to bankruptcy filers. What better clearinghouse to spread the word about free or low-cost help than the court systems that see thousands of people each month?

A previous version of this column reported the incorrect time frame for the number of bankruptcy filings to date in 2009.

Beth Kassab can be reached at bkassab@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5448. Read her blog at orlandosentinel.com/thebottomline.












Bad Economy Blamed for High Suicide Rate in U.S.
    2009-05-12 14:21:53     Xinhua      Web Editor: Chu Daye
More Americans have committed suicide under economic pressure and experts predict that as the economy continues to fall, suicide rate will go higher

More Americans have committed suicide under economic pressure and experts predict that as the economy continues to fall, suicide rate will go higher.

Ronan Bell, a 35-year-old Venice resident in California , killed himself last month at a beach pier.

On April 16, a pharmacist opened fire at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in California , killing two co-workers, including a Redondo Beach resident, before shooting himself. Police cited the "tension going on in our society" as a contributing factor.

Not only the poor in the U.S. committed suicide. The new trend is that wealthy business people and professionals who have been caught in the recession also preferred to end their own lives. New York lawyer William Parente killed his wife and two daughters before killing himself in a Maryland hotel room April 19. He had reportedly lost about 27 billion dollars for his clients.

What shocked the U.S. and even the world is the news that the finance chief of troubled U.S. mortgage giant Freddie Mac, David Kellermann, was found dead on April 22 after apparently committing suicide.

Kellermann, promoted to acting chief financial officer last September after the government took control of the company, was found hanging in the basement of his home in an affluent Washington suburb.

The body count keeps rising. In the past several months, the economic recession marked by bankruptcies, foreclosures, evictions and mass layoffs has taken a heavy toll on Americans.

By October 2008, an analysis of press reports in the U.S. indicated that an epidemic of tragedies spurred by the financial crisis had already spread from East to the West and North to the South.

In Los Angeles County, the number of suicides in 2008 jumped to 805, compared with 695 in 2007 and 689 in 2006, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

There is no statistic on the number of suicide cases in the U.S. for 2008, and the latest statistics available is 2006, when 33,300 suicide deaths were reported nationwide, according to data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Statistics showed that the suicide rate increased from 11.0 in 2005 to 11.2 in 2006 in the U.S.. The rate has fluctuated since 2000, ranging from a low of 10.4 suicides per 100,000 population in 2000 to a high of 11.2 in 2006, with a mean rate of 10.9.

Studies show that suicides, along with alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence, historically increase during times of economic depression and recession. Researchers found a connection between bad economy and high suicide rates.

During the Great Depression, suicide rates rose from 14 to 17 for every 100,000 Americans from 1929 to 1933, as unemployment rates increased from 3.2 per cent to 24.9 per cent within the same period.

Clinical psychologist Leslie Seppinni at Beverly Hills in Los Angeles told Forbes magazine that this was "the first time in her 18-year career that businessmen are calling her with suicidal impulses over their financial state."

In the last three months alone, "she has intervened in at least 14 cases of men seriously considering taking their lives."

Seppinni offered this observation: "They feel guilt and shame because they think they should have known what was coming with the market or they should have pulled out faster."

Based on previous experience, researchers predict that suicide rates will go higher if the economy continues to deteriorate.

Steven Garlow, the chief of psychiatry at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, said: "There is very clearly a relationship between macroeconomic conditions and suicide" and "in times of financial hardship, financial distress, upheaval, there is an increase in suicide."

                      
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