Suicide rates stable through pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has not increased the rate of people taking their own lives, reveals AIHW data-set

The COVID-19 pandemic has not led to more Australians taking their own lives, contrary to some predictions, according to figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

An examination of coronial data across Victoria, NSW and Queensland does not show an increase in deaths by suicide during the pandemic, the AIHW says.

But according to the data, it did increase levels of psychological distress, particularly for younger people.

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