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Suicide Crisis Among Native American Youth

Indian Country Today, Posted: Mar 17, 2009

Youth suicide in Indian country is an urgent and serious crisis that requires more resources and better strategies for reaching troubled youth, Indian Country Today reports. American Indians have a suicide rate that is 70 percent higher than that of the general U.S. population, while Native youth have the highest rate of suicide of any group in the nation. During a Feb. 26 hearing, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs heard testimony on how effective Indian youth suicide prevention programs have been. Some success has been reported, but health experts say there needs to be more health care professionals available to help youth cope with problems.

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