Sunnybrook is taking the lead on critical suicide prevention research

August 27, 2020

More than six months into the pandemic, we are only just beginning to understand its toll on mental health.

There is an urgent need for ongoing support of research and care, particularly to better understand the mental health consequences of the pandemic.

Sunnybrook is rising to meet that challenge with the support of donors. Led by Dr. Mark Sinyor, suicide prevention expert and Sunnybrook psychiatrist, a team of researchers from Toronto’s three regional trauma centres – Sunnybrook, St. Michael’s Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) – will study data on self-harm cases and suicide attempts during the first three months of the pandemic to help support suicide prevention effort needs.

The hope is that analyzing this frontline view of the factors that may have influenced suicide rates during the initial stages of the pandemic will help inform much-needed prevention strategies, such as targeted outreach, mental health services, social assistance, public messaging and more.

This research project will continue for one year, to identify longer term trends and shape ongoing public policy.

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