A Look at the Latest Suicide Data and Change Over the Last Decade
CDC’s provisional data for 2022 show a record high of 49,369 suicide deaths, coming after modest declines in 2019 and 2020. In 2022, provisional data indicates the highest number of gun-related suicides on record; increases in firearm suicides are driving the increases in overall suicide deaths in recent years. Suicide death rates in 2021 were highest among American Indian and Alaska Native people, males, and people who live in rural areas. Suicide deaths are increasing fastest among people of color, younger people, and those who live in rural areas with many groups seeing increases of 30% or more from 2011 to 2021. Suicide death rates varied considerably by state in 2021, as did the rate of change between 2011 and 2021.