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.

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