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  • More than 25,000 depression screeners reported having thoughts of self-harm or suicide on more than half the days of the week. [Source]
  • Starting in May 2020, saw a dramatic spike in suicidal or self-harm thinking. More than 21,000 people reported this – four times the average numbers from November to January. [Source]
  • In June 2020, 25,498 depression screeners reported thinking of suicide or self-harm on more than half of days to nearly every day, with 14,607 reporting these thoughts nearly every day. [Source]
  • In July, more than 72,000 of our screeners indicated moderate to severe symptoms of depression, more than 39,000 had moderate to severe systems of anxiety, and more than 19,000 had symptoms of psychosis – the highest numbers we have ever seen. [Source]
  • Collectively, since the end of February more than 263,000 people - over and above what we would have expected - have screened moderate to severe for depression or anxiety. This reflects how pervasive mental health conditions are becoming in the general population as a result of the pandemic. [Source]
  • In addition to hundreds of thousands experiencing depression or anxiety, more than 42,000 people have also now experienced symptoms related to emerging psychosis. [Source]
  • Most worrisome are the 90,000 plus people who report regularly thinking of suicide or self-harm – more than 30,000 in the month of July alone. [Source]
  • The July average for suicidal ideation was higher than the May and June averages, as well as the 2019 average for every racial/ethnic group. Native American or American Indian screeners had the highest average percent change over time for suicidal ideation at 1.34 percent, followed by Asian or Pacific Islander screeners at 0.68 percent and Black or African American screeners at 0.53 percent. [Source]
  • Since the end of May 2020, nearly every racial/ethnic group has been experiencing consistently higher rates of suicidal ideation than the 2019 average (excluding Native American or American Indian screeners and screeners who identified as another race/ethnicity, who experienced consistently higher rates of suicidal ideation than the 2019 average beginning in July). [Source]

Awareness Campaigns 

  • World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10
  • National Suicide Prevention Week in 2023 is September 10 - September 16
  • September is National Suicide Prevention Month 

General Information on Suicide and Self-Harm 

MHA's Screening-to-Supports (S2S) Articles 


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