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COVID a watershed, says Lifeline boss – The Islander

The impact of COVID-19 on mental health has been profound, but the assumption it would lead to an increase in suicide rates has, in some cases, proved false….

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The impact of COVID-19 on mental health has been profound, but the assumption it would lead to an increase in suicide rates has, in some cases, proved false.
“If anything, the opposite has been true,” according to Lifeline chairman John Brogden.
Calls to the national crisis support charity reached record levels last year, however the number of suicides in NSW dropped five per cent between March and Christmas.
In Victoria, the fall was two per cent, a figure Mr Brogden says is “more remarkable still…

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