HealthDay Reports: Fewer Suicide-Related ER Visits in COVID Era, and That Has Experts Worried
A new study warns that the COVID-19 pandemic may be keeping people from seeking help for suicidal thoughts.
MONDAY, June 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects, and a new study points to yet another: It may be keeping people from seeking emergency care for suicidal thoughts.
The study, at one large Ohio health system, found that ER visits for suicidal ideation dropped by over 60% in the month after the state instituted its stay-at-home order.
And that's concerning, researchers said, because, if anything, this is a time when mental health needs are expected to be more acute than ever.