Category: suicide

Suicide and Homicide Rates Increase Among Young Americans

A circle image on the left shows a female therapist with a warm smile encouraging a young boy patient. She is dressed in a suit with a folder in her lap and the boy is looking up at her. Text to the right of the image states that in 2021, 14.9% of children ages 5–17 had received mental health treatment in the past 12 months.

NCHS released a new report that uses the most recent data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) to update a previous report. The report presents trends from 2001 to 2021 in suicide and homicide rates for young people ages 10‒24 and for age groups 10‒14, 15‒19, and 20‒24. Findings: After no significant change between Read More >

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Q & A from Author of Emergency Department Visits with Suicide Ideation

Picture of sad girl. Text says people ages 14–18 more likely to visit emergency department for suicidal thoughts in 2016–2020

Questions for Alex Strashny, Health Statistician and Lead Author of “Emergency Department Visits with Suicidal Ideation: United States, 2016-2020.” Why did you decide to do a report on emergency department visits with suicidal ideation? That’s a great question. Suicide is a major public health issue. Before to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the United States, suicide Read More >

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NCHS Releases Two New Suicide Reports

The image shows the silhouette of a person standing on the river or lake shore in a hooded coat and boots, looking out at the water at sunset and states that suicide rates increased for Hispanic and Black non-Hispanic people from 2018–2020 but decreased for White non-Hispanic people.

NCHS releases two new reports that look at suicide death rates in the United States. Suicide Rates for the Three Leading Methods by Race and Ethnicity: United States, 2000–2020 Description: This report presents suicide rates from 2000 to 2020 using final data for non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, and Hispanic people, for the total population and Read More >

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PODCAST: The Toll of COVID-19 on Physician Practices

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The COVID-19 pandemic took a major toll on the U.S. health care system. In a new report released on September 28, data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey were used to examine how COVID-19 impacted physician practices around the country. Joining us to discuss that new study is Zach Peters, a health statistician with the NCHS Division of Health Care Statistics. Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Suicide Rates, by Urbanization Level and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, 2020

In 2020, age-adjusted suicide rates among females increased as the level of urbanization declined, from 4.6 per 100,000 population in large central metropolitan areas to 7.1 in small metropolitan areas, but were similar for small metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas. Rates among males were lowest in large central areas (16.9) and increased as the level Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Suicides and Homicides Involving a Firearm Among Persons Aged ≥10 Years, by Age Group — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2020

In 2020, among persons aged ≥10 years, the percentage of suicide deaths that involved a firearm was lowest among those aged 25–44 years (45.1%) and highest among those aged ≥65 years (70.8%). The percentage of homicide deaths that involved a firearm decreased with age, from 91.6% among those aged 10–24 years to 46.0% among those Read More >

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PODCAST: Alcohol Deaths on the Rise and Suicide Declines

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/podcasts/2022/20220318/20220318.htm HOST:  The month of March is often associated with St. Patrick’s Day, which for some is also an occasion of heavy alcohol use.  NCHS has historically collected data on various health behaviors, including alcohol use, and since the arrival of the pandemic, vital statistics show that there has been a surge in alcohol-induced deaths, an Read More >

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Suicide Mortality in the United States, 2000–2020

New NCHS report presents final suicide rates from 2000 through 2020, in total and by sex, age group, and means of suicide, using mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System. This report updates a provisional 2020 report and a previous report with final data through 2019. Key Findings: Suicide rate in the United States Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Suicide Rates for Males and Females, by Race and Ethnicity — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2000–2020

After increasing from 2000 to 2018, age-adjusted suicide rates for non-Hispanic White males and females declined from 2018 to 2020, from 28.6 per 100,000 to 27.2 for males and from 8.0 to 6.9 for females. Rates for non-Hispanic Black males and Hispanic males were lower than that for non-Hispanic White males over the entire period Read More >

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Suicide in America Declined During the Pandemic

Suicide in the United States has been on the rise for several years, becoming one of the top public health crises in the country and one that impacts Americans of all ages.  From 1999 to 2018, the number and rate of suicide increased 35%.  Suicide has frequently been among the ten leading causes of death Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Rates of Firearm-Related Suicide, by Race, Hispanic Origin, and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2019

In 2019, among males, non-Hispanic White males had the highest age-adjusted rate of firearm-related suicide at 15.8 per 100,000 population, followed by non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaskan Native males (11.2), non-Hispanic Black males (6.9), Hispanic males (4.6), and non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander males (3.2). Among females, non-Hispanic White and non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaskan Read More >

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NCHS UPDATES”STATS OF THE STATES” PAGE WITH LATEST FINAL DATA

The CDC National Center for Health Statistics web page “Stats of the States” has been updated to include the latest state-based final data on selected vital statistics topics, including: General fertility rates Teen birth rates Selected other maternal and infant health measures Marriage & divorce rates Leading causes of death Other high profile causes of Read More >

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PODCAST: Suicide Trends in the U.S. and Weekly NCHS Updates

STATCAST, FEBRUARY 2021: DISCUSSION WITH HOLLY HEDEGAARD, A STATISTICIAN, ABOUT SUICIDE TRENDS IN THE UNITED STATES. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/podcasts/2021/20210226/20210226.htm HOST:  Last week NCHS released the latest trend report on suicide rates in the nation.  Joining us today is Holly Hedegaard, the lead author of this new report. Holly, so what do the latest final numbers tell us? Read More >

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QuickStats: Death Rates for Motor-Vehicle–Traffic Injuries, Suicide, and Homicide Among Adolescents and Young Adults Aged 15–24 Years — United States, 1999–2019

Mortality rates for adolescents and young adults aged 15–24 years for deaths from motor-vehicle–traffic injury, suicide, and homicide remained relatively stable during 1999–2006 and then exhibited different patterns through 2019. In 1999, the rate for motor-vehicle–traffic deaths was 25.6 per 100,000 population and declined to 13.7 in 2019. The suicide rate was 10.1 in 1999 Read More >

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Fact or Fiction: Suicide rates among young people in the Northeastern United States have not increased much over the last decade

Source: National Vital Statistics System https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr69/NVSR-69-11-508.pdf Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Suicide Rates by State — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2018

In 2018, the U.S. suicide rate was 14.2 per 100,000 standard population, with rates varying by state. The five states with the highest age-adjusted suicide rates were Wyoming (25.2), New Mexico (25.0), Montana (24.9), Alaska (24.6), and Idaho (23.9). The five jurisdictions with the lowest suicide rates were the District of Columbia (7.5), New Jersey Read More >

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Increase in Suicide Mortality in the United States, 1999–2018

Questions for Holly Hedegaard, Health Statistician and Lead Author of “Increase in Suicide Mortality in the United States, 1999–2018.” Q: Are there any major changes in the suicide rates rate from 2017 to 2018? HH: The suicide rate in 2018 (14.2 per 100,000) is slightly higher than the rate in 2017 (14.0). Q: Can you Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Suicide Rates by Sex and Three Most Common Methods — United States, 2000–2018

The three most common methods of suicide among males and females during 2000–2018 were by firearm, suffocation, and poisoning. After remaining steady from 2000 to 2006, age-adjusted firearm suicide rates increased during 2006–2018 among males (from 10.3 to 12.6 per 100,000) and females (from 1.4 to 1.9). Suffocation suicide rates among males and females increased Read More >

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Death Rates Due to Suicide and Homicide Among Persons Aged 10–24: United States, 2000–2017

Questions for Lead Author Sally Curtin, Health Statistician, of “Death Rates Due to Suicide and Homicide Among Persons Aged 10–24: United States, 2000–2017.” Q: Why did you decide to focus on ages 10 through 24 for suicides and homicides? SC: Suicide and homicide are among the leading causes of death for this age range.  As Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Rates of Suicide, by State — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2017

In 2017, the U.S. age-adjusted suicide rate was 14.0 per 100,000 population, but rates varied by state. The five states with the highest rates were Montana (28.9 deaths per 100,000 population), Alaska (27.0), Wyoming (26.9), New Mexico (23.3), and Idaho (23.2). The five with the lowest rates were the District of Columbia (6.6), New York Read More >

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2017 Final Deaths, Leading Causes of Death and Life Tables Reports Released

NCHS released a report that presents the final 2017 data on U.S. deaths, death rates, life expectancy, infant mortality, and trends, by selected characteristics such as age, sex, Hispanic origin and race, state of residence, and cause of death. Key Findings: In 2017, a total of 2,813,503 deaths were reported in the United States. The Read More >

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Mortality in the United States, 2017

Questions and Answers from the authors of the recently released 2017 mortality data.  The data can be found in the following reports, “Mortality in the United States, 2017, ” “Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999–2017, ” and “Suicide Mortality in the United States, 1999–2017.” Q: Why did life expectancy decline in 2017? A: Read More >

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QuickStats: Homicide and Suicide† Death Rates for Persons Aged 15–19 Years — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1999–201

In 1999, the homicide death rate for persons aged 15–19 years (10.4 per 100,000) was higher than the suicide rate (8.0). By 2010–2011, the homicide and suicide rates had converged. After 2011, the suicide rate increased to 10.0 in 2016; the homicide rate declined through 2013 but then increased to 8.6 in 2016. Source: National Vital Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Suicide Rates by Race/Ethnicity — United States, 2015–2016

From 2015 to 2016, the age-adjusted suicide rate for the total U.S. population increased from 13.3 per 100,000 standard population to 13.5 (an increase of 1.5%). The rate increased from 5.8 to 6.3 (8.6%) for non-Hispanic blacks and from 6.2 to 6.7 (8.1%) for Hispanics; it remained unchanged for non-Hispanic whites. In both 2015 and Read More >

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Stat of the Day – December 20, 2017

#STATOFTHEDAY #December has the 3rd lowest number of #Suicides of any month during the year https://t.co/18vdBSKn4s — NCHS (@NCHStats) December 20, 2017 Read More >

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