Suicide Rates Declined Again in 2020, but Not for All Groups, CDC Report Shows

December 17, 2021

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NBC News

According to preliminary federal data released in November, suicide rates in the overall population declined in 2020 for the second year in a row. However, the data also showed disparities in suicide trends among different groups within the population. For example, rates decreased for White Americans but increased among American Indians and Alaska Natives, Black Americans, and Hispanic Americans. Young adults also experienced an increase in suicide rates. The data came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released the unprecedented report of preliminary findings to assess differences in suicide among groups. In response to the report, experts called for more robust prevention efforts among groups at increased risk.

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