Changes in Suicide Rates 2019-2020

During 2020, a total of 45,979 deaths were attributable to suicide, a decrease of 1,532 from 47,511 suicide deaths in 2019. From 2019 to 2020, the overall suicide rate declined significantly by 3.0%. Among racial/ethnic groups, overall, suicide rates in 2020 were highest among persons who were non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic White, and non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. Non-Hispanic White persons experienced a 4.5% decline in suicide rate; no other changes among racial/ethnic groups were significance. Rates in 2020 were highest among persons aged > 85, followed by those aged 75-84 and 25-34 years. 

Ehlman, D. C., et al. (2022). Changes in Suicide Rates - United States, 2019 and 2020. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 71(8): 306-312.