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Report: Franklin Co. suicides increased 10 percent in 2021

Franklin County Coroner’s Office
Franklin County Coroner’s Office
Franklin County Coroner’s Office

The Franklin County coroner's office released a report Friday showing a 10 percent increase in suicide deaths in the county in 2021.

158 Franklin County residents took their own lives last year, compared to 144 in 2020.

While suicide deaths among 15-24 age group led Franklin County in 2020, 25-34 year-olds were hit hardest last year.

Eighty percent of the county's suicide deaths were among men, an increase of 12 percent from 2020.

The most common suicide method in the county continued to be firearms. The coroner's office saw a big increase in gun-related suicides among women, jumping from 10 percent to 31 percent.

While the suicide death rate increased statewide last year, Franklin County saw a 20 percent lower rate compared to the state of Ohio in both 2020 and 2021.

You can read the full coroner's report here.

Matthew Rand is the Morning Edition host for 89.7 NPR News. Rand served as an interim producer during the pandemic for WOSU’s All Sides daily talk show.