CDC: Suicide Risk Is Higher in Rural Areas
A new report issued last week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates suicide rates in the U.S. from 2001 to 2015 were higher in rural counties than urban areas. During the study period, more than a half million people died by suicide in the United States, making it the tenth leading cause of death overall, and the suicide rate increased by more than 20 percent.
The report also showed that male suicide rates were four to five times higher than female suicide rates during the study period, in both urban and rural areas. White Non-Hispanics have the highest suicide rate in urban areas and American Indian/Alaska Native Non-Hispanics have the highest rates of suicide in rural areas. Rates of suicide in Black Non-Hispanics in urban areas were consistently higher than suicide rates for Black Non-Hispanics in rural areas. Across metropolitan and rural areas, suicide rates for males were four to five times higher than for females during the study period.
Suicide rates increased in all age groups, according to the CDC. To address concerns about suicide in rural areas, the Centers propose epidemiologic studies, research, telemedicine, and programs geared to primary health care providers.