Suicide deaths have declined during the pandemic, but experts warn the toll might be yet to come

Suicide deaths have declined during the pandemic, but experts warn the toll might be yet to come

This is the 3rd article I have read that is talking about how suicides have actually decreased during the pandemic. Even with a decrease in suicides during the pandemic, it does not mean that there have not been many families affected by the loss of loved ones this year due to suicide.

While the calamitous nature of the pandemic sent Canadians’ stress and anxiety levels soaring, it may actually have had an opposite effect on suicide deaths. Data from across the country show the numbers of deaths from suicides actually decreased in 2020.
The trauma from a year of lockdowns and social distancing — lost jobs, broken relationships, bankrupt businesses — has been well-documented in the mental health statistics. Polling data from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use in October found that more than half of Canadians were dealing with some sort mental health illness. Calls to Canada Suicide Prevention Service were up 200 per cent in 2020 over 2019. To cope with the stress, loneliness or boredom, Canadians were drinking more, smoking more and doing more drugs.


I post this to push back a little against the ongoing narrative I see on social media about how suicide stats are growing. There is enough doomscrolling online without adding to it. I do agree with this quote from the article:

Similar trends have been seen in other times of major trauma, say experts, such as during wars and natural disasters. The actual toll of the pandemic on mental health and suicide rates may not be fully realized until years from now.

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Brett Ullman

Brett Ullman travels North America speaking to teens, young adults, leaders, and parents on topics including parenting, mental health, sexuality, pornography, men, dating and media. Brett's seminars engage and challenge attendees to try and connect our ancient faith with our modern culture we live in. Participants are inspired to reflect on what we know, what we believe and how our faith ought to serve as the lens through which we view and engage tough conversations in our society today.

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