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Professor John’s and colleagues’ editorial on trends in suicide during the covid-19 pandemic is greatly welcomed by those of us working to mitigate suicide risk during the crisis.
‘Real-time surveillance’ (RTS) systems represent our best and most timely method of spotting early trends and risks in order to put preventive measures in place but evidence suggests that just 1/6 of the country currently has robust RTS systems in place (1) . The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the pressing need for all areas to implement Real Time Surveillance systems as a matter of urgency.