Washington Post: Suicide rates during the pandemic remained unchanged. Here’s what we can learn from that.

Washington Post: Suicide rates during the pandemic remained unchanged. Here’s what we can learn from that.. “As an emergency room physician, I kept an eye out during my shifts in the weeks following Trump’s March 24 statement. It seemed to me that we had fewer suicidal patients than usual. I called a colleague across town at another hospital. He thought he might be observing the opposite in his ER, that there might have been an uptick in patients with suicidal thoughts or attempts. Along with a team of researchers, I set out to try to find out what was happening. But we would have to wait. Death by suicide takes longer to be reported and finalized than most other causes of death. Every suicide death is investigated and its final cause directly adjudicated by a medical examiner, making the process slower but ultimately more reliable. It turns out that both I and my crosstown colleague were mistaken. Suicide rates in Massachusetts neither rose nor fell last spring. Suicide rates did not change from expected rates at all.”

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