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Resources by Topic: Suicide and suicide prevention

Addressing Higher Risk of Suicide Among Farmers in Rural America
Policy brief highlighting factors contributing to the higher risk of suicide among farmers, including financial pressures, social pressures, and access to care. Offers policy recommendations to promote and improve farmers' mental health.
Author(s): Rosalie Eisenreich, Carolyn Pollari
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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The State of State, Territorial, and Tribal Suicide Prevention: Findings from a Web-Based Survey
Details the findings of a web-based survey of coordinators, project directors, and state officials working in suicide prevention on the state of current suicide prevention programs in U.S. states, territories, and tribal nations. Highlights the survey data on prevention planning, prevention readiness and capacity, and barriers and facilitators, among other measures.
Author(s): Katrina S. Kennedy, Andrea Carmichael, Margaret Melissa Brown, et al.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
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Changes in Suicide Rates — United States, 2018–2019
Reports on changes in counts and age-adjusted suicide rates from 2018 to 2019. Includes data by level of county urbanicity for four levels of metropolitan areas and two nonmetro levels, overall and by sex. Also includes data on suicide mechanism of injury by level of urbanization.
Author(s): Deborah M. Stone, Christopher M. Jones, Karin A. Mack
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(8), 261-268
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The State of Our Health: A Statewide Health Assessment of Pennsylvania
Identifies specific health challenges in Pennsylvania and indicates where the largest improvements can be made. Features sections on social determinants of health, access to care, substance use, chronic diseases, mental health, maternal and infant health, injury and violence prevention, infectious diseases and immunization, Health Professional Shortage Areas, and environmental health. Includes references to rural throughout.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Department of Health
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The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
Report details the a comprehensive national strategy for suicide prevention for individuals, families, and communities. Outlines 6 plans of actions to address suicide across the country, such as a broad-based public health response, crisis care and care transitions, and evidence-base care, among other factors.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
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Suicide in the Time of COVID-19: A Perfect Storm
Examines the risk of suicide in rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Looks at suicide rates in Kentucky and nationally and discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially increase those rates.
Author(s): Sabrina Brown, Donna L. Schuman
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 37(1), 211-214
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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A Pandemic of Body, Mind, and Spirit: The Burden of "Social Distancing" in Rural Communities During an Era of Heightened Suicide Risk
Discusses the potentially heightened risk of suicide in rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examines how decreased access to mental healthcare, economic stress, stigma, and social isolation could increase the risk of suicide in rural areas.
Author(s): Natalie B. Riblet, Susan P. Stevens, Bradley V. Watts, Brian Shiner
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 37(1), 207-210
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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Preventing Suicide in Rural Communities During the COVID‐19 Pandemic
Explores the potentially increased risk of suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of providing mental healthcare. Highlights some of the factors related to COVID-19 that could increase the risk, such as self isolation, access to firearms, and decreased access to healthcare.
Author(s): Lindsey L. Monteith, Ryan Holliday, Talia L. Brown, Lisa A. Brenner, Nathaniel V. Mohatt
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 37(1), 179-184
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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California: County Health Status Profiles 2021
Reports on health status indicators recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for monitoring state and local progress toward achieving Healthy People 2020 goals for the state of California. Includes county-specific information for cancer deaths, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy, and other health conditions.
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Department of Public Health
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America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2021
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health for older adults across 49 measures using data from 22 unique data sources. Covers social and economic factors, physical environment, clinical care, behaviors, and health outcomes. Includes information on the percent of the population of each state in rural areas.
Additional links: Executive Brief
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, United Health Foundation
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