Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on self-harm
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Nav Kapur, Caroline Clements, Louis Appleby, Keith Hawton, Sarah Steeg, Keith Waters, Roger Webb. Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on self-harm. Lancet Psychiatry 2020
There has been extensive discussion, some of it data-based1 but much of it speculative, on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide. Since death by suicide requires thorough investigation by professionals, such as coroners, collecting timely data on these deaths is challenging. Self-harm, an important public health concern in its own right, often precedes suicide, and can be used as a proxy outcome to identify how the pandemic has affected population mental health.
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