We’ve seen disturbing news stories on tragic spikes in youth suicide across the months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Clearly, coronavirus and its aftermath have been more difficult on even the strongest among us than most anticipated. So of course, it would not be surprising to find it affecting our young people in such dramatic ways.
At the dawn of the COVID-19 outbreak, a physician from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City, writing in “QJM: An International Journal of Medicine,” reasonably posited:
There is a high probability that suicide rates will increase in many countries of the world. This problem may be especially difficult in the US. Suicide rates have been steadily growing in the USA over the last two decades.
Some professionals anticipated we could see suicide increases as high as 145 percent. But if we move beyond the disturbing headlines, anecdotes, and assumptions and look at the larger research,