About the Session:
Some research has shown that residents of rural areas are more likely to die from suicide than their urban counterparts. People from rural areas may experience barriers to accessing health services.This study has four main objectives. The first is to determine whether adults living in rural Ontario are more likely to commit suicide or attempt suicide than their urban counterparts. The second is to assess which factors related to rurality, such as distance to care, are associated with suicide. The third objective is to assess whether people living in rural areas who committed or attempted suicide were more or less likely to seek help from health services prior to the event than their urban counterparts. The fourth objective is to determine which demographic and personal factors related to rurality are associated with seeking help. This retrospective cohort study will use health service utilization data.
Rebecca Barry is a second year PhD student in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Health at the University of Toronto. Her experience growing up and working on her family farm and her experiences volunteering for five years at a crisis and distress phone line have inspired her interest in mental health among rural and remote populations.