Study: Suicide Rates Higher Among Rural Youth

The Education Week (4/16, Mader) “Rural Education” blog reports that researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found after analyzing “data from 1996 to 2010 from the National Center for Health Statistics” that “suicide rates among youth ages 10 to 24 are nearly twice as high in rural communities than in urban areas.”

The authors said “isolation and lack of access to health care, especially mental health care,” were factors, and they suggested that school-based programs would improve access to care. The piece mentions other recent studies exploring the problem in Alaska and on Native American reservations. The study (4/16) appeared online March 9 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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— “Study: Youth Suicide Rates Higher in Rural Areas,” Jackie Mader , Education Week, April 15, 2015.

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