Suicide-Related Ambulance Calls Rose By More Than 50% During COVID, Australian Study Finds

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The Guardian reported:

Suicide-related ambulance presentations in Australia increased by more than 50% in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests.

Analysis of ambulance data between March 2020 and March 2021 found a significant and sustained increase in attendances for suicide attempts, suicidal ideation and self-harm compared to before the pandemic.

The study, published as a preprint that has not yet been peer-reviewed, drew on data from the National Ambulance Surveillance System. Its findings contrast with previous data showing that the rate of death by suicide decreased in Australia in 2020 compared to the previous year.

 

 

Source: www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jun/08/suicide-related-ambulance-calls-rose-by-more-than-50-during-covid-australian-study-finds

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