Called to Serve Rural America
There are currently 60 million people living in rural communities throughout the U.S. according to the USDA and over 12 million students under the age of 18. Rural Youth face similar challenges as their urban peers with some distinguishing differences such as increased social isolation, increased poverty, decreased resources along with reduced access to healthcare and emergency medical services.
- Drug overdose death rates in the U.S. are currently higher in the rural areas than they are in the urban areas.
- Rural Youth Suicide rates are 50% higher than that of urban areas for both males and females.
- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10-24.
The opioid epidemic is a pivotal challenge for many rural places. More than a health concern, the opioid crisis is an issue of rural prosperity and will take the commitment, collaboration and creativity of a wide range of partners to address.
The drug overdose death rate in rural areas is higher than in urban areas.
Youth who report both bullying others and being bullied (bully-victims) have the highest risk for suicide-related behavior of any groups that report involvement in bullying.