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In BJPsych open

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak may have affected the mental health of patients at high risk of suicide. In this study we explored the wish to die and other suicide risk factors using smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment (EMA) in patients with a history of suicidal thoughts and behaviour. Contrary to our expectations we found a decrease in the wish to die during lockdown. This is consistent with previous studies showing that suicide rates decrease during periods of social emergency. Smartphone-based EMA can allow us to remotely assess patients and overcome the physical barriers imposed by lockdown.

Cobo Aurora, Porras-Segovia Alejandro, Pérez-Rodríguez María Mercedes, Artés-Rodríguez Antonio, Barrigón Maria Luisa, Courtet Philippe, Baca-García Enrique


COVID-19, Suicide, ecological momentary assessment, machine learning, suicide attempt