Aggregated COVID-19 suicide incidences in India: Fear of COVID-19 infection is the prominent causative factor

Deena Dimple Dsouza, Shalini Quadros, Zainab Juzer Hyderabadwala, Mohammed A. Mamun

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Abstract

Many Indian COVID-19 suicide cases are turning the press-media attention and flooding in the social media platforms although, no particular studies assessed the COVID-19 suicide causative factors to a large extent. Therefore, the present study presents 69 COVID-19 suicide cases (aged 19 to 65 years; 63 cases were males). The suicide causalities are included as follows – fear of COVID-19 infection (n=21), followed by financial crisis (n=19), loneliness, social boycott and pressure to be quarantine, COVID-19 positive, COVID-19 work-related stress, unable to come back home due to lockdown, unavailability of alcohol etc. Considering the extreme psychological impacts related to COVID-19, there emerges a need for countrywide extensive tele-mental health care services.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113145
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume290
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 08-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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