Roll Call: Pandemic’s effect on already rising suicide rates heightens worry

Roll Call: Pandemic’s effect on already rising suicide rates heightens worry. “The nation’s suicide rate reached historic highs prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, with rates at the highest levels since World War II. Economic and social pressures this year have heightened the risks, worrying experts, health officials and lawmakers. Suicide mortality rates that were rising over the past two decades combined with the current pandemic are a ‘perfect storm,’ found a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in April. Factors include economic stress, social isolation, reduced access to religious services, overall national anxiety, increased firearm sales and increases in health care provider suicides.”

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