Suicide rises to 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2021, reversing two years of decline

The U.S. suicide rate will return to near-record levels in 2021, reversing a two-year decline, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to this year’s final data, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death nationwide, with more than 14 deaths per 100,000 people. Mortality has increased by 32% over the past 20 years, and his 4% rise from 2020 to 2021 was the steepest annual increase in that period.

Suicide was the second leading cause of death among those aged 10 to 34 and the fifth leading cause of death among those aged 35 to 54.

According to CDC data, the suicide rate in 2021 will be four times higher for men than for women, and has been for many years. From 2020 to her 2021, rates increased significantly for men of most ages, but remained relatively unchanged for women of most ages, with the exception of a significant rise in those 75 and older.

Rates are highest among Native Americans, nearly twice the average for men and three times the average for women, rising about 17% from 2020 to 2021. There was also a significant increase in the percentage of black and white men and women.

A separate report released by the CDC on Thursday found that in recent years, young people were most likely to visit the emergency department for suicidal thoughts.

Children are increasingly facing mental health challenges, and a significant proportion of teenage girls (57%) and boys (29%) will still feel sad or hopeless in 2021. I answered yes. A CDC investigation was found.

But the growing demand for services has coincided with a nationwide shortage of beds for children needing mental health help, with many children waiting in beds in emergency departments and hospitals. is crowded.

Below is a list of resources and hotlines to assist those in crisis.

  • Hope for Wellness Helpline (English, French, Cree, Ojibway, Inuktitut): 1-855-242-3310
  • Embrace Life Council Hotline: 1-800-265-3333
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366
  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

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