‘Perfect storm’ for suicide risk as job losses soar and people are isolated

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A sign in an abandoned storefront says, “Suicide is Not An Option Call Me Anytime’ in the hope of helping people with despair during this time.

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As millions of Americans lose their jobs and economists predict a slow recovery, mental health professionals warn that the prolonged financial and personal stress caused by the Covid-19 pandemic increases the risk of suicide, especially in people already grappling with depression and anxiety. 

For weeks, Americans have been confined to their homes as states across the U.S. have implemented some form of stay-at-home orders aimed at

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