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COVID-19 and Suicide: Prevention is Possible

The impacts of the pandemic are more pronounced among marginalized groups (i.e., Indigenous people, people with disabilities, racialized groups, people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+), those with a pre-existing mental health condition, younger people, women, parents with children under 18, and those with high levels of exposure to COVID-19 (i.e., front-line and health-care workers).

What they are saying

Self-reported mental health and well-being

  • Over 38% say their mental health has declined due to COVID-19.
  •  in 5 are reporting moderate-to-severe anxiety.

Loneliness and worry

  • 1 in 5 say they have been feeling lonely
  • People are most worried about the financial impact of COVID-19 and either becoming ill or experiencing the death of a loved one from COVID-19.

Substance use

  • Almost 1 in 5 report they are drinking more alcohol.
  • 14% of those between 18 and 34 have increased their consumption of cannabis.

Intentional self-harm and suicidal thoughts

  • 4% have tried to harm themselves.
  • 10% have had suicidal thoughts.

This document presents highlights from our COVID-19 and Suicide: Potential Implications and Opportunities to Influence Trends in Canada Policy Brief.

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