A 15 year old girl took her own life allegedly because of the stresses of quarantine. Two other students have also taken their lives.

According to reports, 15 year old Jo’Vianni “Jo” Smith took her own life while fighting the stresses of confinement amid the COVID19 pandemic in Stockton California. 

California had a statewide lockdown after stay-at-home orders were implemented on March 19.

Jo’Vianni hanged herself last week, not leaving any notes behind explaining the reason for her death.

But her mother, Danielle Hunt believes that the stresses of quarantine and COVID19 played a role in her death.

The highschool sophomore was a promising student, and was a catcher and second baseman on a travel softball team. 

One of her former coaches, Bill Fletcher wrote about the incident on social media, and encouraged parents to speak to their children to make sure they’re all right during quarantine.

Fletcher stated:

“I can’t imagine what Jo was going through to come to this conclusion. Her mom is a single mom with her own catering business, which in these times couldn’t have been going well.”

Fletcher emphasized to parents how important it is not to assume that their children know how to navigate the stresses of this pandemic by themselves:

“I’m asking for you to keep this family in your prayers. I’m asking you to reach out to others and don’t just assume their [sic] doing ok.”

According to education officials, two other students other than Jo’Vianni took their own lives nearby in Natomas California. 

Hunt says she wants to raise awareness about suicide, mental health, and the stresses the virus that continues to claim lives brings. She stated:

I will still do my best to tell my daughter’s story. ‘Sometimes we may need to stop and worry about the kids that we don’t think we need to worry about. 

Jorge Fernandez, the director of behavioral health for Golden Valley Health Centers stated that there are resources available to the public during this pandemic:

There are services out there. You can reach out to your medical provider. You can call a local suicide hotline…there’s help out there to help you cope with this pandemic that’s going on right now.

A GoFundMe was started to support Jo’Vianni’s family with funeral arrangements and other costs.


         
Updated: April 12, 2020 — 6:02 pm

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