Japan sees decline in suicides during lockdown

Japan sees a decline in suicide rates this April, dropping by 20% compared to the same time last year. 1,814 people took their own lives in April 2019 compared to 1,455 in 2020.

The Covid-19 lockdown was initially thought to show an increased rate in suicides because of suicide prevention helplines not working and the pandemic was believed to be a heightened stress factor. While Japan saw a growing number of suicides of children in the last years, triggered by bullying and academic problems, it's believed this number has decreased due to children being safe at home with their families.

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