Suicides reached record levels last year with 50,000 Americans taking their own ... trends now
Suicides in America surged to record highs last year - reaching almost 50,000.
Newly released data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows a four percent rise since 2019.
What's more, the agency said the final count will likely be higher as death information is reviewed.
The data, which comes from death certificates, suggests that suicides are now more common in the US than they have been at any time since World War II.
It's a rise from 48,200 in 2021, which adds up to one death every 11 minutes in that year.
Newly released data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows a four percent rise in suicides since 2019. The rise since the turn of the century is attributed to the deteriorating economy and unemployment rates shooting up
In 2021, suicides rose four percent. Last year, according to the new data, the number jumped by more than 1,000, to 49,449 — about a three percent increase over the year before.
Suicide is now the eleventh-leading cause of death in the US.
In 2020, it was the twelfth-leading cause. But among 10-34 year-olds, suicide is the second leading cause of death, behind unintentional injury, which includes accidental drug overdoses.
Experts say the rise is indicative of the nation's plummeting mental health following the pandemic, which left many grieving, isolated and anxious.
They said the rise of social media has also played a part, which leads to social comparisons that are very damaging to mental health and leaves people feeling like they are not good enough.
Other factors providing a breeding ground for mental illness include the rising cost of living, along with stagnant salaries.
A 2020 study found that people who experience financial stress are 20 times more likely to attempt suicide