Have Lockdowns Caused Suicides During COVID-19?

The evidence behind a contentious point

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Stock photo results for lockdowns appear to be mostly fireplaces, which is an interesting choice. Source: Pexels
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To cheer you up during this hardest of articles, I will be smattering kittens throughout. Source: Pexels

A Heavy Topic

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Pictured: kittens. Source: Pexels

Australia

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Pictured: suicide deaths in Queensland before and during lockdown. Dotted line is the first case of COVID-19 announced in the state. Source
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Pictured: suicide numbers in Victoria. Taking into account population growth, there may have actually been a slight decrease in the rate during lockdown

Peru

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Grey dotted line on the right indicates the date of lockdown

Massachusetts, USA

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Pictured: suicide before and during lockdown

Japan

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Interestingly, this study did not find a protective effect from income or urbanity — suicide appeared to mostly be impacted by the pandemic itself above all else

England

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Norway

Bottom Line

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Pictured: More kitten friends. Source: Pexels
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One final kitten pic for you all. Source: Pexels

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