A new CDC report revealed some surprising information about suicide rates. In the United States, suicide rates have increased lately, but it appears that urban areas have lower suicides than rural counties do.
Large metropolitan areas had the lowest number when it came to suicides (11.92 per 100.000 persons) and medium and small metropolitan counties had a bigger number of deaths (11.92). However, the highest suicide rates were present in rural counties (17.32).
Rural areas are more vulnerable because there are worse conditions and less professional help
Experts predicted these results a while ago, and they revealed the differences between rural and urban residents. “There’s a lack of access to mental health services of all kinds” suicide expert Dr. W. Vaughn McCall declared about rural areas.
It appears that there are many factors that affect the suicide rates in rural areas. For their residents, it is harder to get services since most of them since economic hardships are more prevalent in these locations. The lack of transportation can be another reason why it is harder to receive medical services. The good news is that this problem is finally noticed and state officials are finally paying attention to it.
Suicide rates have increased
Right now suicide is one of the main causes when it comes to death in America, and things won’t change anytime soon. In fact, it is the 10th leading cause of death, and CDC observed that the suicide rates have gone up in the past years.
“While we’ve seen many causes of death come down in recent years, suicide rates have increased more than 20 percent from 2001 to 2015. And this is especially concerning in rural areas. We need proven prevention efforts to help stop these deaths and the terrible pain and loss they cause,” declared CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald.