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An Economic Depression Caused By Coronavirus Could Cause A Surge In Suicides

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Hayden Daniel Deputy & Opinion Editor
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As the mental health strain of social distancing and the current economic downturn continues, feelings of despair and uncertainty are abound. Such feelings are leading contributors to suicidal thoughts and actions.

Further economic and social stress leading into a recession or depression caused by the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a significant increase in suicides in the U.S. and Europe. History has shown that the rise in suicide during economic downturns is a reliably deadly pattern — during each major economic downturn since the Great Depression, the suicide rate has spiked.