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Pandemic mental health . . . and other stories

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2817 (Published 25 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2817

Suicides during the covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19 has had a deleterious effect on the mental health of many people. However, an analysis of national data reports that suicides in Finland are no more frequent than would be expected from pre-pandemic rates (Br J Psych doi:10.1192/bjp.2021.136). Indeed, numbers of suicides have declined for every consecutive month during the pandemic period.

Eating disorders

In contrast, eating disorders have become commoner during the pandemic. According to a study from the US based on electronic health records of 5 million people, diagnoses of eating disorders were around 15% higher in 2020 than in previous years (Br J …

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