Suicide rates are high among all American Indian and Alaska Native (Native American) populations, with youth being affected most.
Forty percent of all Native American suicides involve children and youth ages 15 to 24.
In native communities, youth suicide contagion is common, where one suicide triggers others attempts, resulting in multiple suicides or attempts within a short time frame.
By nature, youth are highly vulnerable, but native youth are even more so. Therefore, AFSP supports the authorization and funding of Native American suicide prevention and education programs, especially those directed at youth, at the highest levels possible.