Preventable suicide deaths rose in 2022, help is available 24/7 by calling or texting 988

Death by suicide rose in 2022, continuing a trend that was briefly interrupted in 2020.

According to a new brief from the Minnesota Department of Health, the number of suicides has steadily increased for the past 20 years, with 835 preventable deaths reported in 2022.

MDH Commissioner Brook Cunningham says suicide prevention requires a comprehensive public health approach that supports connectedness and protection from lethal means.

While 80 percent of suicide deaths were men, women accounted for 65 percent of hospital-treated self-harm or suicide attempts from 2016 to 2020.

Firearms play a predominant role in male suicide deaths, and the Department of Public Safety is giving away free gun locks through its Safe and Secure program.

Help is available 24/7 by calling or texting 988.

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