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California Native: Suicide Prevention

AP Photo/Michael Albans

This Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 picture shows a memorial to a young suicide victim inside the art room of Poplar Middle School on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Poplar, Mont. which has experienced a rash of suicides.

AP Photo/Michael Albans

Native American communities have among the highest rates of suicide of any demographic across the country. Unlike the national trend, young people are much more likely to commit suicide at rates three times higher than the national average.

What is causing large numbers of young people to take their own lives, and what’s being done to curb the problem? As our California Native series continues, Dr. Michael Yannuck and Martin Martinez explain the tactics used and the road ahead.


To learn more about the subject you can read:

Suicide Native American Final 1
Graph from 2015 Centers For Disease Control and Prevention report examining suicide rates. / Courtesy
Suicide Native American Final 2
Graph from 2015 Centers For Disease Control and Prevention report examining suicide rates. / Courtesy

Chris Remington

Producer, Insight

Chris joined Capital Public Radio’s “Insight with Beth Ruyak” in September 2016, booking a wide variety of guests, developing questions and producing music elements for the program.  Read Full Bio 

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