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Suicide Rate Rises: Rural America Hardest Hit

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by Mary Elizabeth Dallas

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Suicide in the United States is on the upswing, with rural Americans more likely to take their own lives than residents of urban counties, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

“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,” said CDC director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald.

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