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American Indian/Alaska Natives who commit suicide younger, live in rural areas

American Indians/Alaska Natives suicide decedents were more likely to commit suicide at a younger age and live in a nonmetropolitan area compared with non-Hispanic white residents of 18 states, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

“Suicide disproportionately affects American Indians/Alaska Natives,” Rachel A. Leavitt, MPH, of Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the division of violence prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, and colleagues wrote. “The suicide rate among [American Indians/Alaska Natives] has been increasing since 2003, and in 2015, [American Indians/Alaska Natives] suicide rates in the 18 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) were 21.5 per 100,000, more than 3.5 times higher than those among racial/ethnic groups with the lowest rates.”


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