Fri Sep 16th, 2016
High suicide rates continue to plaque tribal communities across the country. We are seeing Native Americans commit suicide at higher rates than other Americans. It is the eighth leading cause of death among Native Americans across all ages. And even more concerning is that according a 2015 Centers of Disease Control study suicide is the second leading cause of death in Native Americans aged 10-34.
In honor of September being National Suicide Prevention Month we are sharing warning signs, risk factors, and where to get help.
Warning signs from the Indian Health Service include the following:
Recognizing warning signs should be taken seriously. If you know someone who may be in danger don’t hesitate to seek help. It’s always best to err on the side of caution, Mary Young Southern Ute Health Clinic Behavioral Health manager said.
Indian Health Service has also released risk factors specifically found among Native American populations that include the following:
Know the warning signs and get help