Suicide Rates During the Pandemic

“The pandemic has perhaps shown us how important social and environmental factors are as influencing factors for suicide prevention.”

During 2020, there was an increase in reports of depression, anxiety, and other indicators of mental health problems among most Americans. Suicide rates in the United States were also predicted to skyrocket—but, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they actually dropped by 3%. In this Mental Health Minute video, Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center discusses some possible reasons for this decline and suicide rates, going forward.

Dr Bryan is a clinical psychologist and a professor of psychiatry and behavioral health at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.