Year: 1986 Source: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, v.8, (1986), p.247-253 SIEC No: 19872330

A white psychiatric nurse, who has worked with Plains Indians for 5 years, describes reservation life, highlighting environmental factors that place residents at high risk for suicide. The Wind River Reservation suicide epidemic (1985) is examined as a case study. Community assessment & intervention & prevention strategies, with emphasis on environmental obstacles & relevance to Plains Indian culture & the sparsely populated setting are presented. (KM)