High Native Suicide Rates

The average suicide rate of Alaska Natives was more than two times higher than non–Natives, according a new report from the state.


The report from the state department of epidemiology covers the years 2003–2008.


It finds there were no statistically significant changes over the five years.


The report finds Alaska Natives who committed suicide were younger on average than non–Natives.


Two–thirds of Natives were younger than 29 years old when they committed suicide.


The highest suicide rate was Alaska Native males between the ages of 20–29.


Suicide rates for Alaska Natives were highest in the Northwest Arctic, followed by Norton Sound and then the Yukon–Kuskokwim areas.


Among the report's recommendations are finding ways to reach Alaska Native males under the age of 30.