Year: 2022 Source: MMWR. (2022). 71(8), 306-312. SIEC No: 20220077

What is already known about this topic?
After peaking in 2018, suicide rates declined in 2019 and 2020; however, nearly 46,000 lives were lost in 2020.
What is added by this report?
From 2019 to 2020, the suicide rate declined overall by 3%, including 8% among females and 2% among males. Rates declined in large metropolitan areas and seven states; rates by fall, poisoning, and suffocation also declined.  Demographic disparities in suicide persist, as evidenced by increasing rates among persons aged 25–34 years, Hispanic males, and non-Hispanic multiracial females.

What are the implications for public health practice?
A comprehensive approach to suicide prevention is critical to realizing further declines in suicide and to reaching the national goal of reducing the suicide rate by 20% by 2025.