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US suicides dropped last year, defying pandemic expectations

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NEW YORK – The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decades, according to preliminary government data.

Death certificates are still coming in and the count could rise. But officials expect a substantial decline will endure, despite worries that COVID-19 could lead to more suicides.

It is hard to say exactly why suicide deaths dropped so much, but one factor may be a phenomenon seen in the early stages of wars and national disasters, some experts suggested. “There's a heroism phase in every disaster period, where we're banding together and expressing lots of messages of support that we're in this together,” said Dr.

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