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Resources by Topic: Suicide and suicide prevention

The Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities
Examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with disabilities. Covers access to healthcare and direct care workers, congregate care settings and transition, education, employment, effective communication, and mental health and suicide prevention services. Identifies challenges to rural residents throughout, including access to broadband in rural areas. Offers policy recommendations to federal and state policymakers and other relevant stakeholders.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Disability
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Unpacking the Geography of America's Youth Suicide Epidemic
Analyzes data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Wide-Ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) database from 2000 through 2019 looking at suicide rates in 10 to 24-year-olds by 15 community types such as aging farmlands, Native American lands, rural middle America, and more. Includes discussion highlighting suicide rates among Native American populations and differences between rural and urban residents.
Author(s): Dante Chinni
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Communities Project
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Analysis of Suicide After Cancer Diagnosis by US County-Level Income and Rural vs Urban Designation, 2000-2016
Study examining suicide risk among 5,362,782 people diagnosed with cancer between January 2000 and December 2016 based on Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program 18 (SEER 18) data. Analyzes suicide risk based on rural and urban county of residence, also examining income, age, gender, and race/ethnicity.
Author(s): Ryan Suk, Young-Rock Hong, Rachel M. Wasserman, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(10), e2129913
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
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Differences in State Traumatic Brain Injury-Related Deaths, by Principal Mechanism of Injury, Intent, and Percentage of Population Living in Rural Areas — United States, 2016-2018
Examines estimated number, age-adjusted rates, and percentage difference between traumatic brain injury-related deaths in rural areas and overall rate in the U.S. Features statistics with breakdowns by census region and by state.
Author(s): Jill Daugherty, Hong Zhou, Kelly Sarmiento, Dana Waltzman
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(41), 1447–1452
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Assessment of Rural-Urban and Geospatial Differences in Perceived Handgun Access and Reported Suicidality Among Youth in Colorado
Results of a study to understand the associations of rurality, school-level prevalence of easy handgun access, and suicidality measures in Colorado youth. Also explores spatial distribution of school-level measures, and identifies communities with high prevalence of easy handgun access and suicidality. Features statistics on characteristics of schools including weighted prevalence for study measures, with breakdowns by 7 levels of population density.
Author(s): Talia L. Spark, Erin Wright-Kelly, Ming Ma, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(10)
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
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Veteran Suicide Prevention: Innovative Research and Expanded Public Health Efforts
Presents a full committee hearing discussing expanded public health efforts to address veteran suicide by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Features testimonies by representatives of the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Wounded Warrior Project, the National Indian Health Board, and the Rand Corporation.
Additional links: Bill Smith Testimony, Jennifer Silva Testimony, Kaitlynne Hetrick Testimony, Kameron Matthews Testimony, Rajeev Ramchand Testimony, Tammy Barlet Testimony
Date: 09/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Veterans' Affairs Committee
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Urban-Rural Differences in Suicide Rates and Leading Means in Kansas
Examines suicide rates and the means of suicide in Kansas between 2000-2019. Compares data by frontier, rural, densely-settled rural, semi-urban, and urban counties.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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Suicide Among American Indian Youth in New Mexico 2019
Fact sheet offering data on suicide among American Indian students in grades 6-12 based on the 2019 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (NM YRRS). Examines trends in attempted suicide, suicide-related behaviors, and related factors associated with lower or higher odds of attempted suicide.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center
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Rural Healthy People: Where We've Been and Where We're Going
August 25, 2021 webinar presenting key findings from Rural Healthy People 2010 and Rural Healthy People 2020, studying the top 10 rural health priorities for the previous two decades. Presents early findings from the Rural Healthy People 2030 survey and discusses what comes next. Features statistics on mortality rates from diabetes, heart disease, suicide, and cancer, with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Author(s): Timothy Callaghan, Alva O. Ferdinand, Morgan Kassabian
Date: 08/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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2020 Louisiana Health Report Card
Provides detailed health data by parish for Louisiana. Covers cancer incidence, suicides, the opioid epidemic, COVID-19, infectious diseases, low birthweights and infant deaths, top causes of death, and more.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Department of Health
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