Suicide Rates Significantly Higher in Rural Areas

A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics analyzed suicides among 10 to 24 year olds between 1996 and 2010 and found that the rate of suicide is nearly double in rural areas in comparison to urban areas.

More than half of youths who committed suicide during the time period studied did so with a gun, and firearm suicides were 3 times more likely in rural areas. Statistically, gun ownership is higher in rural areas: 51% of people in rural areas reported owning a gun, compared to 25% in urban areas, and 36% in the suburbs. Lack of employment opportunities in rural areas also leads to massive migration to metro areas and can increase feelings of social isolation for people left behind.

A professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington proclaimed, "Suicide is the oft-ignored part of gun tragedy in America."

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