Increase in Suicide Ideation before the Pandemic started

Andrew Yockey, a researcher and doctoral student in UC's College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services, is lead author on the study "Trends in Suicidal Behaviors Among US Adults 2015–2018" – published in Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. The study, conducted at UC's Center for Prevention Science, found that between 2015 to 2018, there was a 16% increase in suicide ideation, an 18.6% increase in suicide planning, and an 11.6% increase in suicide attempts. Additionally, significant increases in each behavior were found in African Americans, younger adults, sexual minorities, and individuals who reported past-year drug use. Among these higher-risk groups, the largest increases in suicidal behaviors were African Americans. And preliminary data from 2019-2020 indicates it's getting worse.

Increase in Suicide Ideation before the Pandemic started