Coronavirus: Mental Health and Suicide

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th October 2021.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of the covid-19 outbreak and associated lockdowns on the (a) mental health and (b) suicide rates of young people.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We continually monitor the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had on the mental health of children and young people as new evidence becomes available.

There has been no rise in the number of registered suicides in England in 2020 compared to previous years, including amongst under 25 year olds, based on the latest available data. However, it remains too early to understand the full long-term impact of the pandemic on mental health and suicide rates among young people.

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