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Kentucky: Rural-specific Suicide Prevention Programs Needed to Address Increased Prevalence

A new report from the University of Kentucky Rural and Underserved Health Research Center examines the prevalence of suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts among rural and urban populations. The investigation by Dr. Kathi Harp and Dr. Ty Borders of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health Department of Health Management and Policy aims to 1) compare trends in the prevalence of suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts among residents of nonmetropolitan, small metropolitan, and large metropolitan areas, and 2) identify demographic, social, and economic factors associated with suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts among residents of non-metropolitan, small metropolitan, and large metropolitan areas. To this end, Drs. Harp and Borders draw on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for the years 2010-2016, comparing data by year and by residence (non-metropolitan/rural, small metropolitan, and large metropolitan).

Key findings include:

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