PAHO Warns — COVID-19 Raises Suicide Risk Factors

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is warning that the COVID-19 pandemic could exacerbate suicide risk factors.

It is urging people to speak about the issue in an open and responsible manner, remain connected even during physical distancing, and learn to identify warning signs to prevent it.

PAHO says data from recent studies show an increase in distress, anxiety and depression, particularly among health care workers.

It says those factors in addition to violence, alcohol use disorders, substance abuse, and feelings of loss, are important issues that can increase a person’s risk of committing suicide.

The message comes as World Suicide Prevention Day is being commemorated internationally.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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