USA Today: Suicide Rate for Native American Women is up 139%

Shelby Rowe’s beadwork of Sitting Bull. (Photo: Shelby Rowe)

Published July 10, 2019

In an article in USA Today, writes:

The US suicide rate is up 33% since 1999, but for Native American women and men, the increase is even greater: 139% and 71%, respectively, according to an analysis out this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Suicide disproportionately affects non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Natives, according to the CDC. A 2018 CDC report found their suicide rate was more than 3.5 times higher than those among racial and ethnic groups with the lowest rates.

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