US suicide rates are the highest since World War II, health officials said Thursday, with the rise among indigenous women being particularly acute.
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Control, the suicide rate in 2017 was 33% higher than in 1999.
The increase was recorded among men and women and among all races and ethnic groups.
Yet, the rise was not the same for all groups – it was the suicide rate of Native Americans and Alaska aborigines, and especially of women in those communities, was disproportionately high.
In indigenous women, the suicide rate increased by 1
The high rates for this group were noted particularly by young people, with the vast majority of suicides occurring in men aged 15 to 44 years. Among 45- to 65-year-olds According to the Indian health service, white-blood suicide rates were highest for both men and women.
Native Americans for a long time were faced with disproportionately high suicide rates, especially among young people. 19659003] "As a result of a historical trauma, chronic underfunded federal programs, and broken promises by the US government, Indians face a series of problems that have driven suicide into crisis, according to the Center for Native American Youth
. According to the Census, Native Americans are among the highest-poverty populations with lower school drop-outs, with more than half of the women in the group claiming to have been sexually abused, according to the Indian Law Resource Center.
The Native Americans are also exposed to the highest alcoholism rates among all racial groups who linked explorers to the arrival of white settlers to their country that brought and sold alcohol, and studies have shown that people with alcohol dependence have a heightened risk of suicidal activity
Individual as well as the Family and community members play an important role in men and women, "said William Kerr, director of The NIAAA Alcohol Research Group, Buzzfeed News. "The opioid crisis is also part of the picture, and this has affected groups [Native American and Alaska Native] similar to non-Hispanic whites, and has risen to levels that are similarly affected by problematic use by individuals, families, and communities."
Weapons can also increase the suicidal risk, as well as the availability of opioids.
"These may underlie some extent and directly affect suicide rates, including persistent poverty, unemployment and underemployment in certain parts of the country, especially rural areas," Kerr said.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. More international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org. You can also send TALK to 741741 for 24×7 anonymous crisis support in the US via the Crisis Text Line.