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Abuse, self-harm and suicidal ideation in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Iob E, Steptoe A, Fancourt D
  • Publication date:
    13/07/2020
  • Pagination:
    1, 4
  • Journal:
    Br J Psychiatry
  • Status:
    Published
  • Country:
    England
  • PII:
    S0007125020001300
  • Language:
    eng
  • Keywords:
    COVID-19, abuse, mental health, self-harm, thoughts of suicide or self-harm
Abstract
This study explored patterns of abuse, self-harm and thoughts of suicide/self-harm in the UK during the first month of the COVID-19 pandemic using data from the COVID-19 Social Study (n=44 775), a non-probability sample weighted to population proportions. The reported frequency of abuse, self-harm and thoughts of suicide/self-harm was higher among women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups and people experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage, unemployment, disability, chronic physical illnesses, mental disorders and COVID-19 diagnosis. Psychiatric medications were the most common type of support being used, but fewer than half of those affected were accessing formal or informal support.
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