NPR (5/13, Noguchi) reports, “Mental health specialists are working now to bolster the resilience of Americans who are suffering from feelings of despair — in hopes of preventing increases in suicides among people who are under increased pressure during the coronavirus pandemic.” NPR adds that experience with past natural disasters “shows that a rise in suicide often happens in the months after the immediate physical dangers of the disaster have passed.” Dr. Roger McIntyre, professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, said, “The two most replicated, robust factors linked to suicide are economic change – downturn – and social disconnection,” and both are present during the current pandemic. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)