PTSD: National Center for PTSD
Suicide Risk Management
Rural Provider PTSD Toolkit
What creates additional risk?In general, suicide risk is greater in rural compared to urban areas.38-40 Evidence also suggests that suicide rates are increasing more rapidly in rural settings. Importantly, Veterans are at higher risk for death by suicide than the general population, regardless of location.38 These trends highlight the critical importance of suicide risk management among rural Veterans, who are at increased risk of death by suicide relative to non-Veteran rural residents and their urban Veteran counterparts.9
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Steps in Suicide Risk ManagementSuicide risk management must take into account the multiple intersecting risks presented by rurality--in particular, cultural attitudes around help seeking, access to firearms and cultural norms regarding firearm ownership and use, barriers to treatment (such as transportation), and the availability of care professionals with expertise in the treatment and management of suicidality.
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