Suicide rate for US youths twice as high in rural areas

March 9, 2015 4:39 PM

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The suicide rate among adolescents and young adults in the United States was twice as high in rural areas when compared to urban centers over the past decade, researchers said Monday.

The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics analyzed the suicide rate from 1996 and 2010 and found the gap appears to be widening, with suicide becoming increasingly common in less populated areas and less frequent in cities.

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