What we can do to reduce suicide risks during the Pandemic [Opinion] By Thomas E. Ellis

“As if the medical, economic and social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic weren’t already enough, another toll may follow like a black shadow: suicide. Chris Vognar (A10, April 2) wrote a courageous and inspiring message about managing suicidal thoughts related to his struggle with depression and loss. The ability of human beings to cope with adversity is truly remarkable; yet circumstance sometimes take adversity to unforeseen levels.”

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Ellis, Psy.D., ABPP, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine and former Director of Psychology at The Menninger Clinic. He is author with Cory Newman of “Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide through Cognitive Therapy.”