Suicide Rates Rising Faster in Rural America
While America's suicide rate has been slowly rising over the past two decades, less-urban areas of the country are seeing a sharper increase in recent years, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Citing economic pressures -- especially beginning around 2007-2008, when the Great Recession hit -- the nation's ongoing opioid epidemic and other factors, CDC researchers wrote that "geographic disparities in suicide rates might be associated with suicide risk factors known to be highly prevalent in less urban areas, such as limited access to mental health care, made worse by shortages in behavioral health care providers in these areas, and greater social isolation."
Suicide accounted for around 600,000 deaths in the U.S. from 1999 to 2015, researchers said, with men four times more likely than women to kill themselves. By age, two groups -- those 35- to 64 years old, and people 75 and older -- saw the highest suicide rates.
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