Decreases in suicide deaths and attempts linked to the White Mountain Apache Suicide Surveillance and Prevention System, 2001-2012.

Objectives. We evaluated the impact of a comprehensive, multitiered youth suicide prevention program among the White Mountain Apache of Arizona since its implementation in 2006. Methods. Using data from the tribally mandated Celebrating Life surveillance system, we compared the rates, numbers, and characteristics of suicide deaths and attempts from 2007 to 2012 with those from […]

Police Officer-Assisted Suicide: a Phoenix Police Chaplain’s Perspective (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

This chapter makes 3 points: training can inoculate against grief & helplessness in suicide by cop situations; value-based policing with regard to authority & citizenship security is a teachable moral code that does not violate personal rights or officer safety; & retraining for those with past experience in the military needs to be evaluated because […]

Mortality Report Fiscal Year 2007

This report examines Tribal & Regional Behavioral Health Authority mortality in Arizona over the fiscal year 2007. 54% of deaths were due to natural causes, 20% to accidents, 13% to unknown causes, 11% to suicide, & 3% to homicide. Although overall mortality in this sytem is not in excess of the general population, individuals within […]

Traumatic Stress and Gender Differences in Relationship to Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Physical Health, and HIV Risk Behavior in a Sample of Adolescents…


Arizona’s Priorities for the Reduction of Suicide Statewide Plan, November 15, 2001

This document presents goals & objectives excerpted from the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), including recommendations from the Senate Bill 1125 strategic planning committee.

Final Revised Fact Sheet for S.B. 1125: Suicide Prevention Program

This document briefly presents provisions & amendments made to a senate bill enacted proposing the development of a state suicide prevention plan by the Arizona State Senate.

Adolescent Suicide Risk and Peer-Related Violent Behaviors and Victimization

This exploratory study seeks to understand the link between peer-related violence (perpetration & victimization) & suicide risk among youth, using data from Arizona, Nevada, & Wyoming, where the highest rates of adolescent suicide in the U.S. are found. Higher levels of reported suicide risk were prominent among the multiethnic, urban, & female respondents. Male & […]

Youth Suicide: Insights From 5 Years of Arizona Child Fatality Review Team Data

Data on 152 youth suicides in Arizona (1994-1999) were used to explore demographic, behavioral, & experiential factors that distinguish between firearm suicide & suicide by other means. In bivariate analyses, White youths were more likely than non-White youths to use a firearm to commit suicide as were youths who had not experienced a life crisis […]

Forensic Journalism as Patriarchal Ideology: the Newspaper Construction of Homicide-Suicide (IN: Popular Culture, Crime and Justice, ed. by F Bailey and D Hale)

This chapter begins with a definition of homicide-suicide & situates the reporting of this phenomenon within the broader framework of the media discourse on violent crime. The content of 153 articles on homicide-suicide incidents reported in the “Arizona Republic” is analyzed. This analysis is enhanced by an interpretive exploration of crime stories. The authors conclude […]

The Depressive Experience in American Indian Communities (IN: Culture and Depression: Studies in the Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Psychiatry… ed. by A Kleinman & B Good)

This chapter reports the progress of the authors in describing certain illnesses among the Hopi of northeastern Arizona, in articulating their explanation of these illnesses, & in discovering points of interface with psychiatric diagnosis & theory. Special attention is given to the relationship among Hopi categories of illness & the relationship of these categories to […]

Train the Trainers Model: The Youth Suicide Prevention Curriculum

Senior Peer Counseling: Older Adult Suicide Prevention

Adolescent Satanism: Rebellion Masquerading as Religion

This article describes adolescent satanic practices as studied by the authors working with affected families in 3 southwestern states over a 7-year period. A case example is given. Counsellors need to address underlying individual & family pathology, suicidal & homicidal ideation, self-mutilation, drug abuse, sexual abuse, & victimization by control. Concurrent family asssessment is imperative […]

Serious Mental Illness and Mortality Rates

This study looked at persons 20-64 years old in an Arizona county & found that the mortality rate for the seriously mentally ill population was: more than twice the rate for the general population; at least double that of the general population in 7 of 8 categories studied; & greater for unnatural causes of death […]

Hospital Costs of Societal Violence. Arizona 1989

This study examined the cost of violence to hospitals through a census of hospitalizations for intentional violence, including suicide or attempted suicide, homicide & other intentional injuries, legal intervention, & injury due to undetermined causes. Suicide & self-inflicted injury accounted for 58.9% of admissions due to violence. The total cost of these cases was $8,668,283; […]

Attitudes Toward Suicide Among Mexican American and Anglo Youth

A suicide opinion questionnaire (SOQ) was administered to 76 Mexican Americans & 76 Anglos, equated on several demographic dimensions. An item analysis yielded statistically significant differences on 35 of the 100 SOQ items. These items centered on the following themes: religion, psychopathology, aggression-impulsivity, acceptability of suicide, the “cry for help” dimension, & emotional impact. The […]

Attitudes of High School Students Toward Suicide (IN: Suicide Prevention in Schools, ed. by A A Leenaars & S Wenckstern)

In this study, 327 high school students were tested on their opinions about suicide. Responses were analyzed in connection with attitudes toward mental illness, cries for help, religion, & incurable disease. As well, the study provides information on the number of students who have considered suicide, attempted suicide, or knew someone who had committed suicide. […]

Developing a Community Mental Health Clinic on the Papago Indian Reservation

This article describes the establishment of a mental health clinic on the Papago Indian Reservation. The authors first briefly outline historical & cultural characteristics of the Papago Indians, & emphasize the importance of these elements in creating an accepted & successful clinic (for example, consulting Papago medicine men about cases involving traditional beliefs). Program activities […]

Public Perceptions of Health Care Problems. An Analysis From Arizona

Public perception of 17 health problems was assessed in Arizona. Drug abuse, health care costs & drunk driving were considered the most serious problems. There was less concern with the lack of clinical services for high-risk groups such as suicidal adolescents. The author notes that findings should be interpreted with caution; e.g., the high percentage […]

Adolescent Suicide in Arizona: a State’s Response

An Indigenous Community Mental Health Service on the Tohono O’odham (Papago) Indian Reservation: Seventeen Years Later

This article discusses a clinic run by the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. Working primarily from a crisis intervention model the clinic is decreasing the stigma attached to mental illness. Its typical cases involve school drop outs, sex abusers, alcohol problems and suicide. The clinic successfully combines a staff of Western professionals with traditional medicine persons. […]

Elderly Suicide

In Arizona, the elderly suicide rate is 67% above the rest of the U.S. In this summary, the author discusses the numbers & characteristics of their Tucson crisis centre clients; for example, their lack of ambivalence concerning suicide, their reluctance to discuss feelings; the reasons for their attitudes & values; their special concerns & needs. […]

Youth Suicide Prevention Program: A Project of Help on Call & Family Crisis Service