Suicide: second wave of COVID-19 raises fears of the worst

As a second wave of COVID-19 is about to hatch, the Quebec Association for Suicide Prevention (AQPS) is sounding the alarm.

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World Suicide Prevention Day, which takes place on Thursday, September 10, is an opportunity to raise awareness among all stakeholders in society about the risks of a second wave of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable people.

So far, the pandemic does not seem to have caused an increase in suicide cases in Quebec, according to Jérôme Gaudreault, director general of the AQPS, the. However, the Association notes a significant increase in cases of psychological distress and mental disorders, two factors that may be associated with suicide.

Several factors, linked to the pandemic, can have repercussions on the psychological health of the population, in particular the fear of contracting the disease and that of infecting other people, the financial consequences, overwork or isolation.

Together to prevent suicide

People living alone, those vulnerable to suicide, or those with known mental health problems should receive appropriate help from the entire community.

As suicide is everyone’s business, the 18th World Suicide Prevention Day will take place under the theme “Together to prevent suicide”. Because together, we can beat the statistics.

For more details, visit site from the Quebec Association for Suicide Prevention.

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