Since 2003, Sept. 10 has been observed as World Suicide Prevention Day, with the purpose of raising awareness that suicide can be prevented and we can create hope through action.
Suicide is complex and individual risk is dynamic. Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on suicide rates is equally complex, with a recent study demonstrating that, around the world, suicide rates generally held steady- a finding that runs contrary to common concerns and projections.
This edition of Ask an Expert aims to increase awareness and knowledge about suicide risk factors, warning signs, and available resources and services related to prevention and intervention.
By speaking openly about suicide, we can each play a role in promoting understanding, ending the stigma, and enhancing support.