09 Apr US suicide rate climbs 35% since 1999, new report finds
The suicide rate in the United States continues to rise, increasing 35% for almost two decades from 1999 through 2018, according to a new data brief released by the National Center for Health Statistics on Wednesday.
The report included mortality data from the center’s National Vital Statistics System.
The data showed that the suicide rate climbed from 10.5 suicide deaths per 100,000 people in 1999 to a rate of 14.2 in 2018 — increasing on average by about 0.8% each year from 1999 to 2006 and then by 2.1% per year thereafter.
Suicides rates are higher for men:
The data also revealed differences in suicide rates among boys and men compared with girls and women, as rates for males were 3.5 to 4.5 times the rate for females during the entire time period of the new report…
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