Suicide Clusters within American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: A Review of the Literature and Recommendations
Publication Year: 2017
Last Updated: 2018-02-15 14:50:56
Journal: SAMHSA Publication
Keywords: American Indian, Alaska Native, AI/AN, Behavioral Health, Suicide, Clusters, Prevention, Mental Health, Public Health, Substance Abuse, Substance Misuse, Drugs, Alcohol, Injury, Self Harm
This paper examines what is known about suicide clusters within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations and uses that information to provide recommendations for stakeholders working to prevent and contain suicide clusters within AI/AN communities.
The purpose of this report is to examine what is known about suicide clusters within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations and to use that information to develop recommendations for stakeholders working to prevent and contain suicide clusters within AI/AN communities. This paper provides the results of the review based on: (1) the research on suicide clusters and contagion in general and within AI/AN communities; (2) discussions with several subject matter experts; and (3) interviews with representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indian Health Service (IHS).