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American Indian and Alaska Native

Suicide rates are higher among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations—particularly young people—than among other groups in the United States. Factors that may increase this risk include mental and substance use problems, and victimization by violence.

Although AI/AN populations comprise many distinct groups, the belief in reincarnation is common across many tribes. Death is viewed as a natural part of life—not as the end but as the beginning of a new life. Although death should not be feared or avoided, life is seen as a gift that should not be disrespected. As a result, self-destructive desires should be kept under control.

Several factors have been identified as helping to protect AI/AN populations from suicide. They include a cultural spiritual orientation and positive relationships with tribal leaders and other caring adults.

Please continue to check back for resources specific to this group including sample prayers, liturgies, and meditations.

National Action Alliance
for Suicide Prevention

1025 Thomas Jefferson St., NW, Ste 700 W
Washington, DC 20007