Radio Star Claims More Aussies Are Taking Their Own Lives Than Dying of COV As He Slams the Lockdown and Asks: ‘When Are We Going To Find Out What the Real Numbers Are?’
By Sam Mcphee
- Gus Worland has claimed more people dying of suicide than Covid in Australia
- Radio star appeared on Today to discuss ongoing lockdowns and outbreak
- The Triple M host founded mental health charity GOTCHA4LIFE
- He says lockdowns are seeing more people commit suicide than die of virus
- Lifeline data says nine Australians take their own lives every day
Radio star Gus Worland has claimed more Australians are taking their own lives than dying of coronavirus in a scathing rant about the impact of lockdowns on mental health.
The Triple M host appeared on Today on Thursday morning to discuss ongoing lockdowns and Sydney’s growing Covid crisis.
Worland, who founded mental health foundation GOTCHA4LIFE, says the battle to control Covid-19 is resulting in more suicides than the virus is taking lives and demanded leaders get harder on enforcement.
‘Do you have any idea… how many people are taking their own lives? How many people who are depressed and anxious?’ he said.
‘Their numbers are bigger than the numbers that are dying through COVID.
‘At what stage are we going to turn that narrative around and really find out what the real numbers are, which is Australians dying in a lot of other ways because of the lockdowns?’
New South Wales obliterated its record with 681 new cases announced on Thursday (pictured – a man exercises on Bondi Beach during lockdown)
Radio star Gus Worland has claimed more Australians are taking their own lives than dying of the coronavirus and accused the government of hiding the real numbers
According to Lifeline, nine Australians take their own lives every day, with suicide the leading cause of death in people aged 15 to 44.
There have been 61 deaths as a result of the latest Delta outbreak in Sydney, which started in late June, and a total of 970 deaths since the first Covid case in Australia in January 2020.
There were eight deaths on Monday, the highest figure in a day in the latest outbreak – below the average number of daily suicides.
Worland said the government should be putting more focus on ‘mental fitness’ and demanded they determine a timeline for getting out of lockdown.
‘That 1 1 o’clock press conference is such a bore. Same words over and over again. They just change the numbers,’ he said of the daily Covid press conferences.
‘At what stage are we going to turnaround and go: “We will come up with a plan at this date if we go with the vaccination numbers. That is the date we many allowed to get out and back to normal”.’
He also accused state leaders of withholding information as they battle to contain the latest outbreak.
‘They are reducing the amount of exposure sites they are putting on the websites and I think at this point, the whole idea of government is to be transparent,’ Worland told Today.
‘They seem to be hiding that for some reason.
Worland, who founded foundation GOTCHA4LIFE, says the ongoing situation is resulting in more suicides than the virus is taking lives and demanded leaders get harder on enforcement
They are reducing the amount of exposure sites they are putting on the websites and I think at this point, the whole idea of government is to be transparent,’ Worland told Today
He said crime is through the roof under the current lockdown procedures and said the violent assault that hospitalised Wallabies legend Toutai Kefu could have been avoided.
‘Crime problems, burgularies up 20 per cent, along with home invasions. A number of the criminals are kids, right? Sent in by gangs who know magistrates will go soft on them.
‘They are slapped over the wrist and back on the streets to reoffend within days. I mean, look at what happened with Toutai Kefu. This is a massive problem, for Queensland, but it is happening around Australia.
‘Magistrates need to toughen up because, again, hard- working innocent families are being targeted?’