Date & Time
Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
303 The Impact of COVID-19 on Suicide and Violence Rates: A Comparison Between the Community and Prison Populations

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been massive, touching the lives of everyone worldwide. But what does recent data show about how it has affected our mental health and well-being? Preliminary statistics suggest that the pandemic has had a significant effect on suicide rates and violent incidents. This study examines available data to compare and contrast trends in the community to those within the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the COVID-19 pandemic's far-reaching impact on many individuals' mental health, including neurotypical individuals with no prior mental health history
  • Evaluate how the pandemic has influenced suicide and violence rates worldwide and within the population of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
  • Discuss how clinicians can address some of the common symptoms, concerns, and struggles that people have been facing throughout this pandemic