COVID-19 Suicide Research Studies
To share and inform on studies and research being undertaken in respect of suicide prevention and COVID-19, details of such studies are being collated and compiled in the directory below.
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Listing of Research Studies
This directory is being compiled in collaboration with the International COVID-19 Suicide Prevention Research Collaboration (ICSPRC). You can learn more about the ICSPRC here: https://www.iasp.info/COVID-19_suicide_research.php
Studies are now being submitted. Please visit again to see more listings of COVID-19 suicide research studies.
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June 30, 2020
|Submission Date||Primary Country||Secondary country where the study is taking place||Add additional countries that are participating in the study||Outcome||If other, please specify||Population Studied||Study Design||If other or unsure, please specify||If other or unsure, please describe||Intervention Studied||Sample Size||Follow-up Frequency||Measures Recorded||Aim / Hypothesis / Research Question||Reporting Date||Does your study have ethical approval?||Are people with lived experience of suicide/suicidal behaviour being involved in the study?||Has your research protocol been peer reviewed?||Contact Email||Please add links (URLs) to Papers / Protocols||Additional Details||Title||First Name||Last Name||Affiliation / Institution||More Details|
|30/06/2020 02:49 PM||Canada||Please Select||Other||Caring Contacts||Other||RCT||Please Select||Other||150||Caring Contacts emails will be sent on days 4, 21, and 56 post-discharge. The HSCL-25 will be emailed to all subjects at baseline, day 4, 21, and 56 post-discharge.||Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 (HSCL-25)||The primary objective is to determine whether, during a pandemic, the mental health benefits of delivering Caring Contacts to recently discharged psychiatric patients are greater than usual care. It is hypothesized that there will be a significantly greater reduction in mental health symptoms among patients receiving Caring Contacts compared to those who receive usual care.||06/01/2021||Yes||Yesemail@example.com||Subjects will be recently discharged patients from Sunnybrook Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. Subjects will be randomized in a 1:1 ratio to either the Caring Contact intervention or usual care. 75 subjects will be enrolled in each arm. In additional to usual discharge-related care, subjects in the caring contact group will receive brief emails that convey a message of hope and provide resources. These emails will be sent on days 4, 21, and 56 post-discharge. The specific content of these emails will be pre-determined varying slightly by time point. In contrast, the control group will only receive usual discharge-related care, including discharge planning and also a sheet of resources normally provided to patients. A widely used and validated measure will be employed to assess depression and anxiety symptoms. The 25-item self-report Hopkins Symptom Checklist will be emailed to all subjects at baseline, day 4, 21, and 56 post-discharge, along with the Caring Contact communication.||Dr.||Ayal||Schafferfirstname.lastname@example.org||Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre||More details|
|30/06/2020 12:23 PM||Turkey||Turkey||Non-suicidal Self-harm||All Adults||Cross-sectional Survey||Please Select||Psychological Therapy||200||Beck Depression Invertory, UCLA Loneliness Scale||Please Select||Please Selectemail@example.com||dr||DENİZ||SARLAKfirstname.lastname@example.org||More details|
|29/06/2020 04:13 AM||Israel||Please Select||Suicidal Thoughts||All Adults||Cross-sectional Survey||Please Select||Please Select||500||PHQ, BHS, SBQ-R||we focused on community dwelling adults and seniors and assessed psychological aspects in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and isolation in Israel. We asked two main questions: 1) do old adults indeed suffer from higher levels of distress- depression, hopelessness, suicide risk and loneliness than young adults? 2) Is death anxiety can serve as a moderating parameter that may assist in identifying those seniors who truly need close care and depression assessment?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yossil@ruppin.ac.il||https://psycnet.apa.org/fulltext/2020-41461-001.html||Prof.||Yossi||Levi-Belz||Yossil@ruppin.ac.il||Ruppin Academic Center||More details|
|26/06/2020 04:58 AM||Ireland||United Kingdom||Other||All Adults||Cross-sectional Survey||Please Select||An APP||500||every 2 weeks||WHO-5||ChatPal Wellbeing ‘COVID-19’ App seeks answer these research questions: 1 - How do users engage with the app during COVID-19? 2 – Does chatbot engagement relate to measures of psychological wellbeing during COVID-19?||Yes||No||Yesemail@example.com||http://chatpal.interreg-npa.eu/||Users may use the app for as long as they choose between June 2020 and June 2021. Users of the app will be asked to complete the questionnaires every fortnight. For this ChatPal ‘COVID-19’ app, it is important to assess how users experience the app and whether this relates to measures of psychological wellbeing. This is done by collecting anonymous event log data of app usage as well as assessing the approach used in the app which is based upon PERMA Positive Psychology approach.||Prof||Maurice||Mulvennafirstname.lastname@example.org||Ulster University||More details|
|26/06/2020 04:48 AM||Ireland||Other||Not applicable (natural change)||People in Contact with Services||Time Trend Study||Please Select||Other||5,830||Call duration and date-time||Research questions are: 1) which aspects of caller behaviour have changed as a result of COVID-19? 2) which cohorts of callers or caller types demonstrate changes in behaviour in response to the restrictions imposed to address the pandemic?||Yes||Yes||Yesemail@example.com||https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-community-context-learnings-from-samaritans-ireland-tickets-111139029830||The World Health Organisation declared an outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to be an international pandemic in March 2020. While new confirmed cases of the disease and death tolls rise at an alarming rate on a daily basis, there is concern that the pandemic and counteracting measures could cause an increase in distress amongst the public. Hence, there could be an increase in need for emotional support within the population, which is complicated further by the reduction of existing face-to-face mental health services as a result of measures taken to limit the spread of the virus. This study presents an analysis of calls made to Samaritans Ireland (a national crisis helpline within the Republic of Ireland) in a four-week period before the first confirmed case of COVID-19 and calls made to the service within a four-week period after a restrictive lockdown was imposed by the Republic of Ireland government. The objective was to determine whether the COVID-19 pandemic has had any influence in calls made to Samaritans Ireland. K-means clustering was performed to determine the types of callers that avail of the helpline based on their helpline call usage behaviour and also to assess the impact of the pandemic on helpline usage patterns. The analysis revealed that calls were of a longer duration in the post-lockdown period, in comparison with pre-COVID period. There were changes in the behaviour of individuals in the cluster types defined by caller behaviour, where some caller types tended towards making longer calls with the service in the post-lockdown period. There were also changes in caller behaviour patterns with regards to the time of day of the call, with variations in the duration of calls at particular times of day, where average call durations increased in the early hours of the morning.||Prof||Maurice||Mulvennafirstname.lastname@example.org||Ulster University||More details|
|25/06/2020 02:48 PM||United Kingdom||Please Select||Global living systematic review||Suicide||Other||Systemic Review||Please Select||Please Select||A living systematic review where included studies address the following research questions in relation to outcomes of interest: (i) What is the prevalence/incidence? Prevalence/incidence of each outcome during pandemic (including modelling studies to predict incidence / prevalence) (ii) What is the comparative prevalence/incidence? Prevalence/incidence of each outcome during pandemic vs not during pandemic (iii) What are the effects of interventions? Effects of public health measures to combat COVID-19 (including physical distancing, school closures, interventions to address loss of income, interventions to tackle domestic violence) on each outcome Effects of changed and new approaches to clinical management of (perceived) elevated risk of self-harm or suicide risk on each outcome (any type of intervention is relevant) (iv) What are the effects of other exposures? • Impact of media portrayal of each outcome and misinformation attributed to the pandemic on each outcome • Impact of bereavement from COVID-19 on each outcome • Impact of any COVID-19 related behaviour changes (domestic violence, alcohol, cyberbullying) on each outcome • Impact of COVID-19-related workload on crisis lines on each outcome • Impact of infection with COVID-19 (self or family member) on each outcome • Impact of increased availability of analgesics, firearms and pesticides on each outcome (method-specific and overall suicide rates) • Impact of COVID-19 related socio-economic exposures (recession/depression: unemployment, debt, deprivation at the person-, family- or small-area level) on each outcome • Impact on health and social care professionals: the stigma of working with COVID-19 patients or the (perceived) risk of infection/being a ‘carrier’, as well as work-related stress on each outcome • Impact of changes in/reduced intensity of treatment for patients with mental health conditions, in particular those with severe psychiatric disorders. • Impact of any other relevant exposure on our outcomes of interest. We will include any qualitative research addressing perceptions or experiences around each outcome in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic||Not Applicable||Yes||Yesemail@example.com||https://f1000research.com/articles/9-644||This is a joint study lead by Swansea and Bristol Universities. Other study leads: Professor Julian Higgins and Professor David Gunnell||Prof||Ann||Johnfirstname.lastname@example.org||Swansea University||More details|
|25/06/2020 07:51 AM||Germany||Please Select||Non-fatal Suicidal Behaviour||Frontline Worker||Cross-sectional Survey||Please Select||Please Select||A Survey was initiated to study stress responses and (mental) health complaints, including suicidal ideation and behavior in hospital personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular in Departments for Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine in order to assess effects of prevention measures, as well as gabs in mental healthcare system.||10/01/2020||Yes||Yesemail@example.com||M.Sc.||Lisa||Eilertfirstname.lastname@example.org||Werner-Felber-Istitut, Hellwachster. 5, 01069 Dresden||More details|
|25/06/2020 01:42 AM||Global||United Kingdom||USA, Italy, Spain||Other||Whole Population||Time Trend Study||Please Select||Please Select||We aimed to use Google trends data to investigate the impact of the pandemic on peoples’ concerns and mental health, as indexed by changes in search frequency for terms indicating mental distress, social and economic stressors arising as a result of government measures to curb the epidemic and treatment seeking||Not Applicable||No||Noemail@example.com||https://wellcomeopenresearch.org/articles/5-82||Dr||Duleeka||Knipefirstname.lastname@example.org||University of Bristol||More details|
|24/06/2020 05:01 PM||China||Please Select||Suicidal Thoughts||Other||Cross-sectional Survey||Please Select||Please Select||800||0||DASS, PSS, SE, SS, Fear scale||It is to study the effect of fear of the COVID-19 on depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation among Chinese college students, with a comparison between hearing or visually disabled and other college students.||Yes||Yes||Yesemail@example.com||The COVID-19 provides a natural experimentation for everyone’s psychological responses to the pandemic. The degree of fear among college students of different physical status during the lockdown months in Beijing was assessed with suicidal ideation. Data were collected with an online survey platform called Questionnaire Star. All current students in the Special Education College of a university in Beijing were recruited by WeChat, a social media network popular in China. With a response rate of 93.72%, the total sample of 686 cases was composed of general and non-physically challenged students (n=236), hearing challenged students (n=307), and visually challenged students (n=143). The measure of fear was adopted from an instrument assessing people’s fear of flu published by WHO. The correlate variables beyond the demographics were all previously validated and documented tools. Findings from the data indicate that socially disadvantaged people are not the most fearful in a pandemic disaster like the current COVID-19 and their suicidal ideation is less prevalent than the other students.||Professor||Jie||Zhangfirstname.lastname@example.org||Shandong University School of Public Health, China||More details|
|23/06/2020 01:41 PM||United Kingdom||Please Select||Other||Whole Population||Other||Other||Mixed methods study||Please Select||News reporting in relation to actual suicidal behaviour and to more general issues concerning suicidal behaviour in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic||To assess the quality and content of news reporting related to suicidality and the Covid-19 pandemic, including over time and in relation to previous reporting.||Not Applicable||No||Noemail@example.com||The study will be based on all hard copy and online news reports in the UK and Ireland identified through Samaritans Media Monitoring Service in which actual suicidal behaviour or more general aspects of suicidal behaviour in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic are reported. Specific aspects of the reports, including both content and quality are being examined, including headlines and images in addition to the main text. The aims are to provide imformation and furthe guidance for media producers and regulatory agencies.||Professor||Keith||Hawtonfirstname.lastname@example.org||University of Oxford||More details|
|23/06/2020 01:08 PM||United Kingdom||Please Select||Non-fatal Suicidal Behaviour||All Adults||Other||Other||Mixed methods||Please Select||Covid-related factors associated with self-harm||The aims are to identify factors resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic which appear to contribute to self-harm. It is hoped that the findings can contribute to guidance for clinicians and to possible preventive initiatives.||Permission Pending||No||Yesemail@example.com||Clinicians conducting psychosocial assessments of individuals presenting to two general hospitals following self-harm (non-fatal self-poisoing/self-injury) are recording if in their opinion the self-harm was related in any way to the Covid-19 pandemic and, if they think it was, they are recording in what ways. Responses to the first 30 cases have been used to develop a classification scheme which is being used to classify subsequent cases. The data will be analysed in terms of both overall frequency within the categorisation and also in greater depth, with comparisons being made with general patient charactersitics (e.g. age and gender) and over time in relation to public health measures (e.g. lockdown).||Professor||Keith||Hawtonfirstname.lastname@example.org||University of Oxford||More details|
|23/06/2020 12:48 PM||United Kingdom||Please Select||Non-fatal Suicidal Behaviour||Whole Population||Time Trend Study||Please Select||Please Select||To assess changes in numbers of hospital presentations for non-fatal self-harm associated with the Covid-19 pandemic||Yes||No||Noemail@example.com||Data on numbers and characetristics of hospital presentations for self-harm (self-poisoning/self-injury) to large general hospitals during lockdown where individuals receive a psychosocial assessment will be compared with presentations prior to that and with the equivalent period in 2019. This monitoring will also continue in the longer term.||Professor||Keith||Hawtonfirstname.lastname@example.org||University of Oxford||More details|
|17/06/2020 12:42 PM||United Kingdom||Please Select||Suicide||Children under 18||Time Trend Study||Please Select||Real-time surveillance of child suicide||Please Select||Not Applicable||No||Noemail@example.com||The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) responded to the pandemic by accelerating its notification and analysis service to enable a real-time surveillance system. Our study looks at data from that system relating to death by suicide. The study was carried out as there is concern about the impact of COVID-19, and the control measures to prevent the spread of the virus, on children’s mental health. Likely Suicides occurring between 1st January 2020 and 17th May 2020 were identified from NCMD records. Rates pre and during lockdown (23rd March 2020) were compared using negative binomial regression models. A second comparison was made between deaths occurring between 1st April to 17th May in 2019 and 2020 Characteristics of cases pre- and post-lockdown were compared.||Miss||Vicky||Sleapfirstname.lastname@example.org||University of Bristol||More details|
|17/06/2020 04:54 AM||Austria||Please Select||Suicidal Thoughts||Whole Population||Cross-sectional Survey||Please Select||Please Select||997||every 3 weeks ; 12 times total||Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9); die Subscale Anxiety für Angst: Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS); Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation (BSS); questions on socio-demographics; risk group status for suicide and Covid-19; domestiv conflicts/ violence||Assess changes in mental health over time and correlations with epdiemiological developments and measures taken. Further, assess how survey results correlate with sentiments in online social media.||06/03/2020||Yes||No||Yesemail@example.com||in German: http://www.suizidforschung.at/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Mental_Health_Austria_Bericht_Covid19_Welle_I_Mai19_2020.pdf||Prof||Thomas||Niederkrotenthalerfirstname.lastname@example.org||Medical university of Vienna, Center for Public Health, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Unit Suicide Research & Mental Health Promotion||More details|
|16/06/2020 03:07 PM||Sri Lanka||Please Select||Other||People in Contact with Services||Case Studies||Please Select||Please Select||The project aims to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital presenting self-harm (by self-poisoning) in Sri Lanka. We will answer the following questions: 1) Has the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a change in the numbers of hospital presentations of self-harm (by self-poisoning), compared to expected trends based on the previous year? 2) Are there differences in the demographic (age/sex), and type of poison ingested of those presenting with self-harm by self-poisoning, during the post pandemic period, compared to the previous year?||Permission Pending||No||Yesemail@example.com||Dr||Dee||Knipefirstname.lastname@example.org||More details|
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