COVID-19 landed in what was already a suicide crisis in North America. Financial stress, unemployment, isolation, depression and substance misuse are corroding mental health and triggering suicide ideation. During the COVID-19 crisis, thoughts of suicide are four to five times more common, with an estimated 10% of North Americans thinking about suicide (Czeisler et al., 2020). Now more than ever, it is important to recognize suicide is preventable. Dr. Simon Sherry talked to Alyse Hand of Global News Morning about how to prevent suicide.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, call 911 or Nova Scotia’s Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team at 1-888-429-8167.
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