Factors associated with fewer than expected suicides in Taiwan during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

Chien Yu Lin, Chia Yueh Hsu, David Gunnell, Shu Sen Chang

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic, outbreak control measures, and their consequences may worsen mental health and increase suicide risk. However, a study using data from 33 countries showed no increase in suicide in most countries studied during the first 9–15 months of the pandemic (Pirkis et al., 2022). Possible reasons for this lack of an impact on suicide rates are unclear. Further investigations using robust methodologies are required (Kahil et al., 2021, Tandon, 2021). We investigated changes in suicide trends and related them to the indicators of economic and outbreak control measures in Taiwan during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103379
JournalAsian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume80
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

Keywords

  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Suicide
  • Suicide methods
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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