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A systematic review on suicide because of social isolation/and loneliness: does COVID-19 make a difference?

Abstract: Background: Suicide is a significant cause of death worldwide. Various purposes can explain why people choose to attempt or commit suicide such as mental-health disorders, income-related-factors, quality of life or issues related to social context. This study aims to identify an updated association between 'isolation' and suicides. Methods: In this regard, we had made a systematic review of the most recent papers, published from January 2016 to March 2022, thought the most acknowledged databases. This review was conducted using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines for systematic reviews. To the best of our knowledge, this issue is very important due to the indirect relationship between COVID-19 and suicides. Results: Our analysis demonstrates that suicide and -social isolation and loneliness- have a positive and direct relationship although these findings varied slightly by areas. Moreover, most of the attention is focused on the youth during the most recent period and this is a real problem because economies cannot afford losing (young) population. Conclusions: In order to prevent suicides, public policies should prevent suicidal thoughts that it could induce to terminate the lives of individuals in their most productive years and harmful outcomes to their families and friends.

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 Autoría: Blázquez-Fernández C., Lanza-León P., Cantarero-Prieto D.,

 Fuente: Journal of Public Health, 2023, 45(3), 680-688

Editorial: Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health

 Fecha de publicación: 01/09/2023

Nº de páginas: 13

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdad001

ISSN: 1741-3842,1741-3850

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdad001