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Promote Hope for the Future: Addressing Suicide in Indigenous Youth

The suicide rate in the United States has been rising for decades. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Native youth, giving them the highest suicide rate for all racial and ethnic groups.

For Native Americans, inequities in health care, disproportionate poverty, discrimination and lack of resources exacerbate physical health problems. A Native person's life expectancy is 5.5 years less than every other racial group in the U.S., according to the Indian Health Service (IHS).

According to the National Indian Council on Aging, for Native youth, suicide is the second leading cause of death, and the Native youth suicide rate is 2.5 times higher than the overall national average, making these rates the highest across all ethnic and racial groups.


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