The suicide rate for young people is much higher in rural areas

March 10, 2015 6:44 AM

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Suicide rates for young people are almost twice as high in rural areas as they are in urban areas, and the gap among males is widening, a team of researchers reported Monday. While the use of firearms in suicides declined, the rate of hangings and suffocations rose for both males and females.

Writing in JAMA Pediatrics, a team of researchers from Ohio State University found suicide rates of 19.93 per 100,000 for males and 4.4 per 100,00 for females in rural areas, compared to 10.31 per 100,000 for males and 2.39 per 100,000 for females in urban areas. The study examined 66,595 suicides ...

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