COVID-19’s Mental Health Toll Amplifies Importance of World Suicide Prevention Day

Every year in America thousands of lives are tragically lost to suicide. This year, the mounting mental health toll of COVID-19 has intensified the need for awareness and the urgency for ensuring access to mental health care. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, an opportunity to raise awareness about prevention and stigma, share resources, and provide support to those whose lives have been forever impacted as suicide loss survivors.

“Suicide is a two-fold tragedy that devastates individuals and the people who love them,” said MMHPI President and CEO Andy Keller, PhD. “The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, grief, isolation of quarantine, and ongoing economic uncertainty have combined to increase pressure on millions of people, elevating the risk that suicide rates may spike above already record levels.”

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