The Pandemic, Teen Depression, and Suicide Risk


Measures to contain the spread of coronavirus have inadvertently increased teen depression and suicide risk, as demonstrated by Mayne et. al. in the September 2021 Journal of Pediatrics(1).

This is a result of increased loneliness and isolation amongst children and adolescents, due to diminished face-to-face social interaction, along with both increased online (vs in-person) school attendance, and a rise in cyber-bullying via social media.

 

1) SL Mayne et. al. “COVID-19 and Adolescent Depression and Suicide Risk”

https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/148/3/e2021051507


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