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The rate of suicide by rural youth is nearly twice that of urban youth for both boys and girls. A number of studies have been completed showing this disparity. Most studies look at boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 24 and there are several potential reasons postulated for the differences between urban and rural area, such as distances between homes leading to social isolation, less access to mental health, greater access to firearms, poorer economic climate and the stigma of seeking

help for depression and mental illness in smaller communities where everyone knows each other.

If you google the subject, you will find these statistics repeated in many different forums, including: Modern Healthcare, National Public Radio, National Institutes of Health, Psychiatry Advisor, Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

According to Suicide Prevention Resource Center, western and mountain states consistently have higher suicide rates than the rest of the country, and have many rural counties with residents living in relatively small communities, separated by vast landscapes. National Public Radio talks about the very stoic, pull yourself up by your own bootstraps culture in the West, resulting in people often suffering in silence. Independence is paramount and asking for help goes against the grain.

Does that description fit Scott Valley? And what does it mean if it does describe us? It means a higher suicide rate among our youth that most of us don't know about. I've heard “five in recent years”, and when I checked with a Sheriff's Deputy, he said, “several”. There are families wondering what they could have done differently. There are depressed teens and young adults who are suffering. And there are parents suspecting depression but not knowing how to help,

Text LISTEN to 741741 - A crisis text line

What can we as a society do?

Know the Signs

You Can NOT Be Replaced

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