Ariz. tribe sees alarming rate of suicide attempts
Tuesday, March 9, 2004

After 20 suicides and more than 1,000 attempts in less than three years, the White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona and the Indian Health Service say the suicide crisis on the reservation is over.

The tribe and IHS set up a task force to deal with the problem. They reached out to at-risk youth, developed policies for suicide prevention and worked to educate the community.

The task force will continue its work. The tribe continues to see high numbers of suicide and suicide attempts. In 2002, there were 545 suicide attempts reported and six completed suicides.

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