Study Suggests No Evidence for Increase in Suicides During Early Months of 2020 Lockdown

Originally published at: https://brian.carnell.com/articles/2021/study-suggests-no-evidence-for-increase-in-suicides-during-early-months-of-2020-lockdown/

As many parts of the world enacted varying degrees of lockdowns to mitigate the effect of COVID-19, one fear was that this might lead to an increase in suicides. A study published this week in Lancet Psychiatry looked at suicide statistics from 21 countries and found no apparent increase in suicides from April 1 to July 31, 2020. In 12 countries, the study found an apparent decline in suicides during that three-month period. In general, based on the primary analysis, there does not appear to have been an increase in risk of suicide during the pandemic’s early months in the 21 countries for which we had data, and a number of countries or areas appear to have seen fewer suicides relative to the expected number.The lack of increase in suicides since the pandemic began could be attributed to various factors. First, there was an early emphasis on the potential adverse…