Suicide during COVID-19: Myths, realities and lessons learned
Black, T. & Kutcher, S.
Suicide is a challenging health concern, as worldwide approximately 800,000 people per year die of suicide, and it ranks amongst the top causes of death in young people. Causes of suicide are multifactored
and it is clear that various societal and environmental factors may affect suicide rates. This can be demonstrated by the significant variability in national suicide rates across the world, variable ratios of male-to-female suicide deaths rates, and evidence that racism against Indigenous people worldwide contributes to disproportionately higher suicide rates. The SARS-Cov-2 pandemic is a significant global challenge that,
at the time of this writing, has infected 92 million people with the COVID-19 virus and caused almost 2 million deaths worldwide. While the definitive story of mental health outcomes, like many other
pandemic related outcomes, has yet to be written, one narrative has to date dominated both the academic literature and popular media: the prediction of a “tsunami” of suicides during the pandemic.