Module 1 > Catastrophic events and suicide
A catastrophic event doesn’t automatically mean that suicide rates will increase, and it’s important to examine local data as it is made available. Research from some catastrophic events has shown the need to consider suicide prevention during these times of crisis:
Data released in August 2020 on COVID-19 and mental health and substance use—both suicide risk factors—also shows the need for suicide prevention (see image below). In addition to examining existing data, gathering ideas from community members who have been impacted by suicide attempt or loss can help build off existing strengths in a community and rapidly respond to needs.