Suicide And Minority Women
From The National Center for Health Statistics
There is limited data on mental health problems in American Indian/Alaska Native women. But one study of American Indian/Alaska Native women found that they were more than three times as likely as white women to have had serious mental distress in the last month. Among American Indian/Alaska Native women ages 15 to 24, suicide was the second leading cause of death in 2002.
Suicide is a major problem for young American Indians/Alaska Natives. American Indians/Alaska Native women have the highest rates of suicide in the 15-to-24 age group.
Asian-American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) women of all ages had a mortality rate from suicide of 3.3 per 100,000. AAPI women over age 65 have the highest rates of suicide among all races in that age. Even as suicide rates among AAPIs increase, AAPIs are the least likely of all races to seek help for their distress. When they seek professional help, their symptoms are likely to be more severe. Nearly one out of two Asian American/Pacific Islanders will have problems using mental health treatment because they do not speak English or cannot find services that meet their language needs.
African-American women of all ages had a mortality rate from suicide of 1.9 per 100,000 in 2005. Among all women over 65 years of age, African-American women had one of the lowest mortality rates from suicide (1.4) of all women in 2005. Only American Indian/Alaska Native women in this age group had a lower mortality rate, which was not calculated because it was fewer than 20 deaths.
Hispanic women had a mortality rate from suicide of 1.8 in 2005. Suicide rates for young women ages 15 to 24 are lowest among Hispanics (2.7) and African Americans (1.7) compared to white young females of the same age (3.7 per 100,000). (White, non-Hispanic women of all ages have the highest mortality rate (5.3) from suicide of all women.)