Rural children are 3 times likelier to be treated for self-inflicted gunshot wounds than big-city youth, study shows
Jennifer Hoffmann, a co-author of a new study. - Photo courtesy of TSA/TSA/TNS

CHICAGO — Children and teens from rural areas are nearly 40% more likely to land in the emergency room for self-harm than their big-city counterparts, according to a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. And when it comes to self-inflicted firearm injuries, the difference is even more pronounced. Rural youth in the study were three times more likely to be treated in the emergency room for self-inflicted gunshot wounds than their urban counterparts. “More attention needs to be given to youth mental health, including earlier diagnosis, and more resources need to be invested in rural ...