Suicide in America has risen by 4% in 2021 compared to 2020, according to a recent study by the National Center for Health Statistics and an article in Time Magazine. This rise in suicide ended a two-year decline. A total of 47,646 deaths were recorded as suicides in 2021. This is a rate of about 14 deaths per 100,000 people.’ Here are some additional statistics from the NCHS study;
- The largest increases were among men—especially young men. The age-adjusted suicide rate rose by about 3% among males in 2021 and by 2% among females
- The greatest increase among males—8%—occurred among ages 15 to 24.
- In 2020, suicide was the third leading cause of death for people in that age group, and the second leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 14 and 25 to 34.
- Past research has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for young people, who have been found to be more likely than older adults to report symptoms of depression and anxiety during the crisis.
Isolation from the pandemic limited activities and social connections for all. Access to a number of mental health resources was also limited. Researchers point out that the causes of suicide cannot be pinpointed to one thing. The causes are complicated, with many risk factors that can lead to the unfortunate event of suicide. The fallout from the pandemic, such as loss of job, social isolation, and increased stress could cause an increase in suicides, suggests other researchers.
There’s a new number to call for Mental-Health Crises: 988. Valor Technical Cleaning sees these unfortunate events far too often. We try to prevent them as well by partnering with suicide prevention and victim advocate groups across America. These groups work to make sure there are resources for individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts, as well as, resources for victims’ advocates and families when a suicide does occur.
If you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health crisis or contemplating suicide, call or text 988. In emergencies, call 911, or seek care from a local hospital or mental health provider.
If an unfortunate and heartbreaking incident like suicide does occur, it is important to have a professional cleaning team like Valor to come and disinfect and clean the area. Cleaning a situation like this yourself can lead to long-term trauma and if not properly cleaned, the area can spread infectious diseases and bloodborne pathogens to the greater community. Please reach out to Valor if you need our services at 855-476-4911.