Suicide rates drop in big cities

Suicide rates drop in big cities

With more social connections, people may be less inclined to take their own lives

By Meghan Rosen, 09:51 AM February 28, 2014

City living could curb suicides. As populations grow, suicide rates tend to dwindle, according to a new analysis of deaths in Brazil and the United States.


And there’s no minimum size that cities have to hit before seeing the improvements, says study coauthor Hygor Piaget Melo, a physicist at the Federal University of CearĂ¡ in Brazil. When comparing any two cities, he says, the one with more people will typically have a lower suicide rate.


The authors are the first to draw such a direct link...

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