WZZM Interview: Dr. Evonne Edwards offers Suicide Prevention Strategies During COVID-19

WZZM Interview: Dr. Evonne Edwards offers Suicide Prevention Strategies During COVID-19

Evonne Edwards, PhD

September 28, 2020

Dr. Evonne Edwards, Outpatient Clinical Director at Pine Rest, recently spoke with WZZM’s Catherine Behrendt about the many challenges the pandemic brings to suicide prevention efforts, and strategies we can take to reach out to those we may be concerned about during this unsettling time.

Says Edwards:

“This pandemic has changed so many aspects of life … When you layer on social isolation, job loss, grief – all of those things are risk factors for suicide.”

Tips offered by Dr. Edwards include:

  • Being aware of the risk factors for suicide
  • Checking in with and staying connected with loved ones
  • Taking care of ourselves and others through exercise, spending time outdoors
  • Reach out early if you or someone you know is struggling
Dr. Edwards is the Outpatient Clinical Director at Pine Rest. She is one of the co-authors for our April 2020 report ‘Preparing Michigan for the Behavioral Health Impact of COVID-19’, which predicts up to a 32% increase in statewide suicide rates as a result of the pandemic.

To learn more about suicide prevention including warning signs, risk factors and available resources, visit pinerest.org/SUICIDE.

*If you or someone you know is in crisis or in need of immediate assistance, our Contact Center is staffed 24/7 at 800.678.5500.*

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