Number of suicides in US reached record in 2022

2023-11-29 20:52:53
Number of suicides in US reached record in 2022

The number of suicides in the United States reached nearly 50,000 last year, a record high, new data by the US government shows.

In 2022, an estimated 49,449 people died by suicide, which is 3% higher than the 48,183 people who died in 2021, according to a report published early Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

The suicide rate increased by 1% in 2022 to 14.3 deaths per 100,000 from 14.1 per 100,000 in 2021, marking this as the highest rate seen since 1941, according to the report.

Although the percentage increase was greater for females, the number of suicides for males in 2022 was 39,255, nearly four times that of females at 10,194.

The report found that the suicide rate was highest for those aged 75 and older and lowest for those aged 10 to 14.

Suicides have been steadily increasing since the year 2000, leading to US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issuing a call to action in 2021 on a national strategy for suicide prevention.

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