Skip to Content

Suicide Mortality Up for Blacks During Closure Period of COVID-19

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2020 -- In Maryland, suicide mortality increased among Blacks and decreased among Whites during the progressive closure period of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a research letter published online Dec. 16 in JAMA Psychiatry.

Michael Johnathan Charles Bray, from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues examined trends in mortality among Black residents of Maryland during the COVID-19 pandemic. Periods of interest were period 1 (Jan. 1 to March 4, 2020 [pre-COVID-19]); period 2 (March 5 to May 7, 2020 [progressive closure]); and period 3 (May 8 to July 7, 2020 [progressive reopening]). In 2020, daily suicide mortality was stratified by race/ethnicity and compared to mean values from 2017 to 2019 for these periods. Data were included for 1,079 suicide decedents from 2017 to 2020.

The researchers found that the mean suicide mortality increased among Black residents during period 2 (0.344 per day in 2020 versus 0.177 per day in 2017 to 2019) and decreased among White residents (0.672 per day in 2020 versus 1.224 per day in 2017 to 2019). Suicide mortality did not differ from historical values among Black residents during period 3 (0.230 versus 0.290 per day in 2020 versus 2017 to 2019) but decreased among Whites (0.787 versus 1.126 per day in 2020 versus 2017 to 2019).

"To our knowledge, this study is the first to characterize suicide trends by race/ethnicity during COVID-19, highlighting the importance of timely identification of high-risk groups," the authors write. "Black individuals are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19."

Abstract/Full Text

© 2021 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Posted: December 2020

Read this next

Mortality, Preeclampsia Up for Women With COVID-19 Giving Birth

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2021 -- Among U.S. women hospitalized for childbirth, the rates of death and certain adverse events are increased among those diagnosed with COVID-19,...

New York City May Run Out of COVID-19 Vaccines

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2021 -- New York City's COVID-19 vaccination rate has outpaced its supply of vaccine doses, and the city could run out of doses in the next few days, Mayor...

Men More Likely to Test Positive for SARS-CoV-2, Die From COVID-19

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2021 -- Men are more likely to test positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and to have complications of COVID-19, according...

More News Resources

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Whatever your topic of interest, subscribe to our newsletters to get the best of in your inbox.