It is no question that the Covid-19 lockdowns brought extreme rates of loneliness, depression and suicide. In a new article released by The Hill, the homicide rate for older teenagers in the United States has reached its highest peak in the last 20 years.
A study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed homicide and suicide rates among those between the ages of 10 and 24 from 2001-2021.
“Deaths due to suicide and homicide, often referred to collectively as violent deaths, have been a leading cause of premature death to people aged 10–24 in the United States,” the study reads. “A previous version of this report with data through 2017 showed that suicide and homicide rates for people aged 10–24 were trending upward.”
The suicide rate among these people remained stable from 2001 through 2007 but rose by 62% from 2007 through 2021, (from 6.8 deaths per 100,000 to 11).
Although suicide rates surpassed the homicide rate in 2010, by 2020, both rates were very similar due to homicide increased by 38% from 2019-2020 for those ages 15-19.
The homicide rate in 2020 rose to 12.3 for every 100,000 – a massive increase compared to the 8.9 per 100,000 in 2019. In 2021, the rate of homicide deaths went up to 12.8.
In the study’s summary, CDC researchers concluded that “In 2021, suicide and homicide were the second and third leading causes of death, respectively, for people aged 10–24 and among the top four leading causes of death for the individual age groups 10–14, 15–19, and 20–24.”