National Suicide Rate Declines From 2019 to 2020

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that data from the National Vital Statistics System shows that suicide deaths dropped 5.6 percent from 2019 (47,511) to 2020 (44,834). Researchers said the decline was a reason for "cautious optimism."

But while the preliminary numbers point toward a shift in the right direction, it's important to recognize that it "may not be a decrease for all groups," said Mary Ann Murtha, director of the Philadelphia area chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on some populations, she said.

"When the CDC starts to analyze the data on age, gender, race, social determinants like income levels, and did the community have the most appropriate access to health care, we will have a better view," she said.

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