Suicides on rise among New York City students during pandemic

There have been several deaths by suicides in recent weeks among New York City public school students, Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted on Wednesday, pointing to the pandemic for causing isolation and leading to the tragedies.

The mayor was asked about comments recently made by NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza during a town hall where he reportedly said the suicide rate was rising.

"That is very, very painful. The fact that these kids have gone through this crisis. The trauma they've felt," de Blasio said. "Many kids have lost loved ones. Many kids are feeling very isolated in the absence of the regular rhythms of their lives and the absence of school for some of them."


The total number of student suicides this year is five, with three in the last three weeks.

There were a total of four in all of 2020, Dept of Education officials told the NY Post.

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"This is why it’s imperative we bring back schools as quickly as possible," said de Blasio.

Elementary schools resumed in-school classes in December. Middle schools are expected to reopen next week to in-person instruction.  It's not clear yet when high schools will reopen.

The New York City Department of Health says that any parents with concerns about their child's mental health should call 1-800-NYC-WELL.

If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The crisis center provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to civilians and veterans. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 (Crisis Text Line)CLICK HERE for the warning signs and risk factors of suicide. Call 1-800-273-TALK for free and confidential emotional support.