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Youth suicide rate in rural US is nearly double that of urban areas, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1376 (Published 11 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1376
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The suicide rate among US youths living in rural counties is nearly double that seen in urban areas, a new study has found.

In the study, reported in the journal Pediatrics, researchers looked at suicide rates among US people aged 10 to 24 from 1996 to 2010. During this period 66 595 youths died by suicide. The most common methods were death by firearm (51.1%), hanging or suffocation (33.9%), and poisoning (7.9%), and other means accounted for 7.1%.1

In rural counties suicide rates were nearly twice as high as …

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