Suicides Decline in 2020

NCHS releases a new report that presents provisional numbers and rates of suicide for 2020 and compares them with 2019 final numbers and rates by month and for demographic groups.

Key Findings from Report:

  • The provisional number of suicides in 2020 (45,855) was 3% lower than in 2019 (47,511).
  • The provisional age-adjusted suicide rate was also 3% lower in 2020 (13.5 per 100,000) than in 2019 (13.9).
  • The monthly number of suicides was lower in 2020 than in 2019 in March through October and December.
  • The largest percentage difference between monthly numbers for 2019 and 2020 occurred in April, where the provisional number in 2020 (3,468) was 14% lower than in 2019 (4,029).
  • The age-adjusted suicide rate was 2% lower in 2020 than in 2019 for males (21.9 compared with 22.4) and 8% lower for females (5.5 compared with 6.0).
  • Females in all race and Hispanic-origin groups experienced declines in suicide rates between 2019 and 2020, although only the 10% decline for non-Hispanic white females was significant.
  • Suicide rates declined for non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic Asian males but increased for non-Hispanic black, non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic males.

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