Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., participated in a hearing to examine the overwhelming frequency of youth suicide in Indian Country. The rate of suicide among American Indian and Alaskan Native population is 70 percent higher than the general United States population, with the incidence of youth suicides reaching epidemic proportions. New Mexico, which has the fifth highest Native American population in the country, also has the seventh highest rate of suicide for youth from ages of 10 to 24-years-old.
“The suicide rates among our Native youth are devastating and we must continue to do everything possible to help prevent this vicious cycle,” said Udall. “Tribal members must have access to support systems that are culturally sensitive and flexible to their needs.”