Suicidal behaviour and ideation among adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Publication date: Jul 07, 2023

Adolescence is a period of elevated risk for suicide, and mental health professionals expressed concerns that suicidal behaviours and suicide rates may increase among this age group during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adolescent suicide rates, attempts, and ideation during the pandemic varied depending on the country, data collection methodology, and population (e. g., general population vs. emergency department). Many pre-pandemic risk factors for suicidal behaviour or ideation were identified as risk factors during the pandemic; however, there was also some evidence that certain groups were disproportionately at risk, such as girls, and adolescents identifying as Black, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Asian/Pacific Islander. Given the trend of increased adolescent suicide in many countries over the past two decades, there is an ongoing need to direct resources toward prevention programs, screening, and evidence-based interventions for suicide risk.

Concepts Keywords
Alaska Adolescent
American COVID-19 pandemic
Asian Risk factors
Decades Suicidal ideation
Suicide Suicide
Suicide attempt


Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease MESH suicide
disease IDO country
disease VO population
disease MESH emergency
disease MESH Suicidal ideation

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