Record number of suicides in US

New YORK. – The number of suicides in the United States reached a record high last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

More people in the US committed suicide last year than at any other time on record. A record of 49 449 people took their lives last year, a 3 percent rise over 2021 when 48,183 committed suicide, according to a report by the CDC’s National Centre for Health Statistics.

The NCHS examined all death records from last year up to Aug 6, 2023, to get its tally. It found that there were 14,3 suicides per 100 000, the highest number seen since 1941, the CDC said.

The authors said the numbers could be higher when the final figures in December are added.

“Reporting of suicides in particular can be delayed due to investigations regarding the cause and circumstances surrounding the death,” the authors noted.

White men aged 75 and older had the highest rate of suicide by a firearm last year, nearly 44 per 100 000.

Last year, the suicide rate for men was at 23,1 per 100 000, 1 percent higher than in 2021 at 22.8 per 100,000. Among women, it was 4 percent higher at 5,9 per 100 000 compared with 5,7 in 2021. Overall, men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women.

Last year, the government’s Suicide and Crisis Lifeline got a national number 988 to help those suffering. It has reported a huge surge in calls from people desperate for help. The number of people who took their own lives also varied by race and ethnicity. American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest rate at 26.7 deaths per 100 000. –

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