Researchers reported in JAMA Network Open that from 1999 to 2016, the rate of suicide among Americans ages 25 to 64 rose 40 percent, according to NBC News. The study also revealed that those living in rural areas throughout America saw a hike of 25% in suicide rates, of which were higher than those in metropolitan areas.
The reason for the higher rate of suicide among those in rural areas were listed as poverty, low income, and underemployment. High veteran rates among the unemployed was also listed as a cause for suicide in rural areas. “If a veteran returns from deployment to a county without jobs, he might lose hope in rejoining civilian life,” stated Oren Miron, a researcher who also studies suicide rates in collaboration with the Harvard Medical School.
“The re-entry to civilian life is a period with high suicide risk, which raises the need to help veterans from rural counties in getting their first job,” Miron continued.