Data: Minnesota Department of Health; Chart: Axios Visuals
The number of suicides in Minnesota declined by 13% in 2020, according to preliminary data from the state's Department of Health.
The big picture: While the year-over-year stats dipped, the longer-term trend shows a clear continued increase in suicides.
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Public health experts are still sorting out how the pandemic has affected our collective mental and physical health.
Deaths due to drug overdose and alcohol were up in 2020.
What they're saying: "It’s a good sign to see that number drop, but 723 preventable deaths are 723 too many,” health commissioner Jan Malcolm said in a press release.
"We are not yet sure what impacts the COVID-19 pandemic had on this trend, but it is clear that we must continue to support people and communities to address the causes of suicide."
Be aware: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255
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