COVID-19 Pandemic Could Push 75,000 Americans to Attempting Suicide

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  • As many as 75,000 Americans may die from suicide or drug overdose as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, says a report by the national public health group Well Being Trust
  • The group is warning that the rising unemployment crisis, uncertainty, social distancing, and deaths of loved ones resulting from the pandemic may push some to the so-called "deaths of despair"
  • The group called on federal, state, and local authorities to improve access to mental health support and treatment during this time
  • Well Being Trust cited that the unemployment crisis during the 2008 recession was linked to the rise in suicide deaths across the country
  • The group called on a reflection of the country's framework for mental health care, and for stakeholders to make necessary changes to provide adequate support for the vulnerable at this time