Suicide rate reached record high in 2022 but dropped among young people

Suicides among youngAmericans, whose mental health problems during the coronavirus pandemic reached crisis proportions, declined sharply in 2022, while rates for older groups — especially men — rose, according to data released by the government Wednesday.

The increase in suicides among people older than 35 was responsible for an overall 1 percent rise in the suicide rate to a record high of14.3 per 100,000 people since 2021, according to provisional data released by the National Center for Health Statistics. The total number of suicides last year — 49,449 — rose by 3 percent and is expected to increase further when final data is available.

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