A team of researchers found evidence in surveys that during the widespread lockdown period in April, there may have been a spike in suicidal thoughts in the United States. They found two possible reasons for the increase: loneliness and anxiety-induced insomnia.
Their findings, which are yet to be peer-reviewed, were recently published as letters to the editor of the journal Psychiatry Research.
The findings are based on surveys of over 1,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 34. The team continues to analyze survey data monthly in an effort to track mental health responses to COVID-19 throughout the year.