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Share of respondents reporting suicidal ideation by ethnicity U.S. 2019 vs 2020

All racial/ethnic groups surveyed showed an increase in suicidal ideation from May to July in 2020. For most groups, the 2020 values are similar or higher than the 2019 average, coinciding with the COVID-19 outbreak. This statistic shows the percentage of U.S. respondents who reported "thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself" more than half of the days or nearly every day in 2019 in comparison to the months of May, June and July in 2020, by race/ethnicity.

Percentage of Americans who reported suicidal ideation in 2019 and during the COVID-19 pandemic, by ethnicity*

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Release date

August 2020


United States

Survey time period

2019 and 2020

Number of respondents

base: 390,965 screens

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* PHQ-9: self-reported questionnaires for screening and severity measuring of depression. Perdsons who reported suicidal ideation more than half or nearly every day.

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