The 40-year-old single mother shares a $900 per-month apartment with her 10-year-old son Niko. She lost her job due to the pandemic, and was denied an unemployment insurance claim because she also receives federal disability benefits.
After two years of unemployment, Rich Johnson has skidded into scary territory. The 55-year-old is among many in Rock County who’ve endured six months or more of unemployment. They are part of a grim statistic that casts a long shadow over the recovering economy.
Experts say Wisconsin’s high suicide rate, relative to those of neighboring states, could be linked to a high rate of binge drinking, easy access to firearms and lack of available mental health care, especially in rural areas.