Mental ill-health and suicidal behaviour in asylum seekers and refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz
  • Ridwanul Amin
  • Thomas Niederkrotenthaler
  • Emma Björkenstam
  • Magnus Helgesson
  • Ping Qin
  • Bo Runeson
  • Petter Tinghög
  • Lars Mehlum

Sammendrag

WITHOUT DOUBT, THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
is the greatest Public Health challenge of our
time. Naturally, incidence rates of COVID-19-
related morbidity and mortality as well as
discussions on the most suitable strategies to
lower them, have dominated media and scientific reporting. Increasingly, though, attention
has also been given to the possible mental
health consequences of the pandemic. Here,
asylum seekers and refugees are a particular
risk group as levels of mental ill-health have
been already high before the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically, there are several reasons
to expect suicide rates in asylum seekers/refugees to increase in the wake of the pandemic.
Here we raise key points of concern and
suggest priorities for research and prevention
initiatives.

Publisert
2020-10-08
Seksjon
Kronikk