Suicides in Queens double during coronavirus pandemic, DA says

Maya Rajamani
April 29, 2020 - 3:15 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Sixteen people died by suicide in Queens in the past month and a half — a 50 percent increase from the same time last year, data released by the Queens District Attorney’s Office shows.

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    Last year, eight people in Queens died by suicide between March 15 and April 28, compared to 16 during the same period this year, according to the DA’s office.

    By comparison, 17 people in the county died by suicide between Jan. 1 and April 28 of this year, the data shows.

    Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said the numbers highlight “a mental health component to this health crisis that needs our attention.”

    “Since this pandemic began the number of suicides in Queens County have soared,” she said in a statement. “The victims are young and old — no one is immune.” 

    Queens has reported more positive COVID-19 cases and more deaths than any other county in the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

    As of Tuesday, a total of 50,741 people in the county had tested positive for COVID-19, and 4,008 had died, data from the New York State Department of Health shows. 

    “Please reach out to your friends and neighbors,” Katz said. “Check in on each other, because nobody should be alone in this, and there is absolutely no shame in reaching out for help."

    If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.