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New study confirms rise in U.S. suicide rates, particularly in rural areas

Key clinical point: Suicide levels by county have increased dramatically in the United States, especially in rural areas.

Major finding: The median suicide rate per county rose from 15 per 100,000 (1999-2001) to 21 per 100,000 (2014-2016).

Study details: A retrospective analysis of county-by-county suicide statistics from 1999 to 2016.

Disclosures: No study funding was reported. One study author reported serving on the scientific advisory board of Clarigent Health and receiving grant support from the National Institute of Mental Health outside of the submitted work. No other disclosures were reported.


Steelesmith DL et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Sep 6. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.10936.