Melinda Katz, the Queens District Attorney has released new troubling data on the borough’s suicide rates.

The statement submitted on April 28th shows that 16 known suicides were committed during the first six weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak. In comparison, in the same period last year Queens saw 8 suicides.

Katz suggested that the current lockdown is probably affecting the mental problems of people who are living there, the Daily News reports. The borough has so far been the epicenter of the U.S. pandemic, with 48,382 confirmed cases, including 3,581 fatalities up to the end of the April.

“There is a mental health component to this health crisis that needs our attention,” pointed the problem Katz.

“Since this pandemic began the number of suicides in Queens County have soared. The victims are young and old – no one is immune. Please reach out to your friends and neighbors. Check-in on each other because nobody should be alone in this and there is absolutely no shame in reaching out for help” – she also added.

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