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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Indian youth


Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Among young Native males ages 15 and 19, the rate is even higher. Over a five-year period, the rate was 34.6 per 100,000, higher than any other racial or ethnic group.

"I know a lot of people around Pine Ridge that are suicidal," 14-year-old Bryan, who lives on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, told BBC News. "It's probably just stress and no one is there for them to help them through school and other things."

Last year, the suicide rate on the reservation was the highest it's ever ben. "We need to train community members and family members on how to stay with our relatives," Richard Iron Cloud, the director of the Sweetgrass Project, told BBC.

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