Racial and Ethnic Disparities


Suicide rates vary by race and ethnicity. In 2017, the age-adjusted rate of suicide among American Indians/Alaska Natives was 22.15 per 100,000 and among non-Hispanic whites it was 17.83. In contrast, the suicide rate among Asian/Pacific Islanders was 6.75; the rate for blacks was 6.85; and the rate among Hispanics was 6.89.

See SPRC website section on racial and ethnic groups.



Among American Indians and Alaska Natives, suicide rates peak during adolescence and young adulthood, then decline. This is a different pattern than is seen in the general United States population, where suicide rates peak mid-life.

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