More Americans took their own lives in the last year than ever before, according to national data.
Figures published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that 49,500 adults in the US committed suicide in 2022, driven by access to guns and increased rates of depression.
The data suggests that suicides are now more common in the US than at any time since World War II.
It’s a rise from 48,200 in 2021, which adds up to one death every 11 minutes.
Suicide is now the eleventh-leading cause of death in the US, compared to 2020 when it was the twelfth-leading cause. It’s also the second-leading cause of death among people aged 10 through 34.
The US has long been under fire for its growing number of gun deaths, which experts believe could contribute to the amount of suicides.
A 2022 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that in 2020, the US had a record number of 45,222 firearm deaths, and gun-related suicides rose by one percent.
Additionally, data from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) Global Burden of Disease Report found that the US had nearly four times the gun-related suicides in 2019 of the second-highest country, India.
Jill Harkavy-Friedman, senior vice president of research at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said: ‘I don’t know if you can talk about suicide without talking about firearms.’..Source – Read More!