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Pandemic lockdowns did not cause increase in suicides, research shows

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Researchers have confirmed suicide rates did not increase in more than 20 countries affected by pandemic lockdowns, with suggestions the social safety nets put in place may have helped to keep rates from rising.

In the early days of the pandemic, mental health experts and advocacy groups warned there was a risk of increased suicide rates due to at-risk people being isolated from their regular support networks, as well as widespread job losses due to shutdowns.

Research aross 21 countries has shown no increase in the suicide rate during Covid lockdowns in 2020.

Research aross 21 countries has shown no increase in the suicide rate during Covid lockdowns in 2020.Credit:iStock

However, preliminary figures in Australia have found that across all states the suicide rate was not changed and in some cases actually went down compared to previous…



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