Here’s Why Experts Think Suicides Dropped During The Pandemic

Posted on AllSides November 16th, 2021
From The Left
Molly Snee for BuzzFeed News

The suicide rates in the US have been on a steady climb for decades, inching up nearly every year since 1999. In 2020, however, rates and numbers dropped by 3% overall, according to a report released in November from the National Center for Health Statistics.

There was a noticeable drop, 14%, in April 2020, when many cities began declaring pandemic-related lockdowns.

The year was rife with economic uncertainty, job loss, and grief due to the pandemic, protests over systemic racism, and a contentious presidential election. Income and job stress can be suicide...

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