COVID‐19 suicide and its causative factors among the healthcare professionals: case study evidence from press reports

Jahan, I., Ullah, I., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Mamun, M., 2021. COVID‐19 suicide and its causative factors among the healthcare professionals: case study evidence from press reports. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. ISSN 0031-5990

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Abstract

Purpose: Recent research has demonstrated the psychological impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic among the general population. However, COVID-19-related suicides among healthcare professionals (HCPs) have yet to be investigated.

Findings: The present study utilized retrospective press media suicide reports and identified a total of 26 worldwide HCP COVID-19-related suicide cases (aged 22-60 years; 14 females; most of the cases from India). The cases comprised doctors (n = 11), nurses (n = 9), paramedics (n = 5), and one medical student. Being infected with the COVID-19 was the most common suicide reason, followed by work-related stress, and fear related to COVID-19 infection/transmission. Among the eight cases diagnosed with COVID-19, most were female (n = 6), and either doctors (n = 4) or nurses (n = 4).

Practice implications: The present findings will be helpful for human resources departments in healthcare workplaces in ensuring HCP's mental wellbeing.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Creators: Jahan, I., Ullah, I., Griffiths, M.D. and Mamun, M.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: 5 February 2021
ISSN: 0031-5990
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1111/ppc.12739DOI
1406977Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 09 Feb 2021 13:34
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2021 14:26
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42242

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