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Surprisingly, suicide has become rarer during the pandemic – The Economist

Financial support from governments may have reduced one potential cause of despair | Graphic detail



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IN MAY 2020 the Australian Medical Association (AMA) issued a warning on mental health. Amid the SARS outbreak of 2003, the suicide rate rose among elderly women in Hong Kong. Studies suggest suicide is also more common during recessions. Based on these precedents, the AMA projected that covid-19 could cause a 25% increase in suicides. In some scenarios the AMA considered, extra deaths from self-harm could exceed those caused by covid-19 itself.
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