In updating the 2021 numbers, there is some bad news: while suicide rates had decreased in 2020, in 2021 they increased to continue a worrying trend:
The increase in 2021 brought the age-adjusted death rate back to a level close to the peak, which was in 2018.
As noted on the graph, the cumulative increase in the age-adjusted death rate from the minimum in 2000 to the current levels has been 35%. This is very worrying.
I could have exaggerated this trend by starting my vertical scale at 10 instead of 0, but I think it’s obvious enough the trend is bad.
I don’t need to exaggerate.
Author(s): Mary Pat Campbell
Publication Date: 10 Sep 2022
Publication Site: STUMP on substack