What is it about?

Documenting suicide risk and protective factors in populations is the first step in a public health approach to prevention. In this paper we describe one tribal community's effort to document risk and protective factors associated wit suicide ideation and attempts.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that depression was the strongest independent risk factor for suicide ideation. Depression was correlated with stressful life events and anxiety. Females are placed at higher risk for suicide than males. Suicide risk is not static, it changes based life circumstances. We identify some of the factors that contribute to suicide risk and potential community-driven solutions.


We wrote this article as a first step in understanding suicide risk and protective factors in the community. This effort has resulted in additional funding to support culturally-based prevention programming, outreach with K-12 schools, and tribal best practices that build resilience and hope.

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This page is a summary of: A public health approach: Documenting the risk and protective factors of suicide ideation in one American Indian community., Psychological Services, August 2018, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/ser0000211.
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