According to the CDC, the number of Americans who committed suicide in 2021 nearly reached the 2018 peak.
A study warns that suicide rates in the US are rising. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there were 48,183 suicides in the United States in 2021. (CDC). It was the greatest number recorded in the nation since 2018, when a record 48,344 people committed themselves, according to a data released by the US health protection agency. With 47,511 and 45,979 incidents, respectively, in 2019 and 2020, suicides have been declining for two years in a row.
The report did not provide details as to why there were 2,204 more suicides in 2021, increasing the rate to 14.2 per 100,000 people.
The CDC merely stated that suicide is a complicated issue linked to numerous risk factors, including relationship, job or school, and financial issues, as well as mental illness, substance use, social isolation, historical trauma, barriers to health care, and easy access to lethal means of suicide among persons at risk.
As the country “continues to respond to the short- and long-term repercussions of the COVID-19 epidemic,” the agency urged vigilance in prevention measures.
The study also examined the racial and ethnic composition of people who committed suicide in 2021, finding that American Indians and Alaska Natives had the greatest rate of suicides (28.1 per 100,000).
The organisation noted that the suicide rate among African Americans aged between 10 and 24 years “substantially increased” as well, rising from 8.2 in 2018 to 11.2 in 2021, or by 36.6%.
White Americans were the only group that had a decline in suicide over the course of the four years. According to the data, the suicide rate among them decreased by 3.9%, from 18.1 to 17.4 per 100,000.