Covid19 and Suicide - Looking after Yourself and Others

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Yesterday was National Suicide Prevent Day.

It’s a sad but true fact that there has been a steady rise in deaths by suicide over the past two decades and a new report by The Well Being Trust released last month found that 75,000 additional people could die from what they called “deaths of despair,” (which include suicide and substance use) because of Covid-19.

Isolation, lack of contact with family and friends, and loneliness can all add to a feeling of despair, without the added anxiety caused by the current social climate. Throw in money worries, anxiety about health, worry about friends and family, and you have a recipe for disaster. Many struggling with change who are dependent on their routine now find themselves in unfamiliar territory.

It understandable that some find themselves feeing there is no hope.