DrThe number of suicides increased by 4% in 2021 compared to 2020, ending a two-year decline temporary data Released by the National Center for Health Statistics on September 30. A total of 47,646 deaths were recorded as suicides during 2021, with a rate of 14 deaths per 100,000 people.
The biggest increases were among men– Especially young people. The age-adjusted suicide rate increased by about 3% among males in 2021 and by 2% among females (although the increase among females was not statistically significant) compared to 2020. The largest increase among males – 8% – occurred between the ages of 15 to 24. in 2020, suicide was the third leading cause of death for people in that age group, and the second leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 14 and 25 to 34 years old. Previous research has found that the COVID-19 pandemic was especially difficult for young people who Have been found be more likely than older adults to report symptoms of depression and anxiety during the crisis.
Suicide deaths in the United States decreased during the 1980s and 1990s, but have generally been increasing (except for slight declines during some years) over the past two decades. In 2021, the number of deaths by suicide was 1% lower than in 2018, the year with the highest suicide rate Since 1942.
Experts emphasize that the causes of suicide are complex, and there are many risk factors. Although the report does not speculate what may have contributed to the rate increase in 2021, other researchers to caution The fallout from the pandemic – such as job losses, increased stress and social isolation – can create a “perfect storm” that may contribute to an increase in suicides.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or is considering suicide, call or text 988. In an emergency, call 911 or seek care from a local hospital or mental health provider.
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