Media Tip Sheet: CDC Report Finds Number of Suicide Deaths in the U.S. Reached Record High in 2022

November 30, 2023

WASHINGTON (November 30, 2023) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control published an alarming report this week that finds the number of suicide deaths in the United States hit a record high in 2022. According to the provisional report, an estimated 49,449 people died by suicide in 2022, which is 3% higher than in 2021. The study authors expect those numbers to rise when the final data is collected for 2022. 

Faculty experts at the George Washington University are available to offer insight and analysis on the latest CDC report and the mental health crisis in the United States. If you would like to speak with an expert, please contact Kathy Fackelmann at [email protected] or Cate Douglass at [email protected].

Lorenzo Norris is an associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief Wellness Officer at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is also medical director of the GW Resiliency & Well-being Center.

Viktoriya Karakcheyeva is the behavioral services director of the GW Resiliency and Well-being Center at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has been in clinical practice for two decades with a mission of providing evidence-based therapy for complex mental health issues. She can discuss the current trend in suicide rates as well as treatment for those at risk. She can also talk about suicide contagion in young adults. 

Rhonda Schwindt, associate professor of nursing and a nationally certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, leads efforts to prepare future nurse practitioners in providing affirming mental health care to transgender and gender-expansive patients. She can discuss this work and the mental and physical health disparities in the LGBTQ population as well as the impacts of discrimination in healthcare overall.