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Suicide risk and prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The mental health effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic might be profound and there are suggestions that suicide rates will rise, although this is not inevitable. Suicide is likely to become a more pressing concern as the pandemic spreads and has longer-term effects on the general population, the economy, and vulnerable groups. Preventing suicide therefore needs urgent consideration. The response must capitalise on, but extend beyond, general mental health policies and practices. Read new comment in Lancet Psychiatry April 2020

Crisis support

The Norwegian journal Suicidologi

– the only scientific journal on suicide research and prevention in the Nordic region. Read current issue

 

Statistics

Statistics concerning the occurrence of suicide in both Norwegian and international contexts.

Other Norwegian resources

The VIVAT program is an education program in suicide prevention for health personnel, established in 2001. http://vivatselvmordsforebygging.net/

The organization LEVE (Landsforeningen for etterlatte ved selvmord), has provided support in the aftermath of suicide since 1999. Visit them at http://www.levenorge.no/