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Are some ethnic groups or races at higher risk for committing suicide?

Of every 100,000 people in each of the following ethnic/racial groups below, the following number died by suicide in 2006.

Highest rates:

American Indian and Alaska Natives - 15.1 per 100,000 Non-Hispanic Whites - 13.9 per 100,000

Lowest rates:

Hispanics - 4.9 per 100,000 Non-Hispanic Blacks - 5.0 per 100,000 Asian and Pacific Islanders - 5.7 per 100,000

 

In the United States our Native Peoples, both in the lower 48 states and Alaska, are experiencing a higher rate of death by suicide than other ethnic groups. On the other end, African Americans' and Latinos' rates are lower. The one group at highest risk of suicide is "old white guys"... Caucasian men over 65 yrs, and especially over 85 yrs are at the highest risk to die by suicide in this country.

But no one is immune. Suicide knows no bounds - and cannot be viewed by looking at a single risk factor alone. For more information, check out the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's website: www.afsp.org.

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