US suicide rate in 2022 highest on record – Covid lockdowns played a role

The following is an excerpt from The Vaccine Reaction.

Some 49,500 people committed suicide last year in the United States. This is the highest number for self-inflicted deaths ever recorded in the country. 

The phenomenon has been attributed to increasing rates of depression, limited access to mental health services and increasing gun sales that saw suicide by gun reach an all-time high last year.

The suicide rate dropped in 2019 and 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic but then rose by four percent in 2021. 

Last year saw a 3.8 percent increase in suicides for women and a 2.3 percent increase in men.

However, 80 percent of suicides are committed by men.

The older segment of the population faced the steepest jump in suicides, with a seven percent increase in those aged 45-64 and an eight percent increase in those over the age of 65.

The highest rates were seen in older white males. The one percent increase in suicides in ages 25 to 44 makes it the second leading cause of death in that age group.

More Americans died from suicide last year than died in the entire Korean War (1950-1953).

Since 2021, suicide has been the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S.  According to a recent KFF/CNN survey, 90 percent of adults in America believe there is a mental health crisis in this country.

In 2023, 50 percent of young adults aged 18-24 years old reported symptoms of anxiety and depression compared to 36 percent of women and 28 percent of men.

The role the Covid pandemic and resulting lockdowns played on Americans declining mental health status cannot be underestimated. The pandemic led to greater incidences of isolation, loneliness, illness, grief, job loss and financial troubles. During the pandemic, one in three adults reported symptoms of anxiety and depression. Deaths from drug overdoses and suicide increased during this time.14

In March 2020, the American Institute for Economic Research published an article warning of the catastrophic effects of shutting down society to try to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections, including an increase in the suicide, drugs and crime rates.

A few months later, in May, doctors in northern California confirmed that they saw more deaths from suicide than from Covid.

In fact, Michael deBoisblanc, MD of the John Muir Medical Center in California said that from the end of April through the end of May, he observed “years’ worth of suicides.”

A March 2023 study by the National Institutes of Mental Health looking at suicide rates in youths 5-24 years old found there were 5,568 suicide deaths during the first 10 months of the pandemic—much higher than had been expected.

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3 thoughts on “US suicide rate in 2022 highest on record – Covid lockdowns played a role”

  1. The media doesn’t speak much about this when they are pushing masks, vaccine mandates and, worst of all, lockdowns. Would love to see how the different states compare where lockdowns were longest and more draconian versus those with more sensible leadership. And further, how did Sweden’s numbers for 2022 compare with the USA.

  2. At my daughter’s college 7 students committed suicide in one year during the Covid lockdowns. WPI had one of the most draconian lock down policies all but abandoning these young people to isolation without any support for years on end. I honestly do not know how that president (since abandoned ship) can look herself in the mirror.

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