Year: 1987 Source: Alaska Medicine, v.29, no.5, (November-December 1987), p.158-164 SIEC No: 19920654

This study describes the epidemiology of suicide in Alaska on a statewide basis using data obtained from a manual review of death certificates, supplemented & validated by information in autopsy records. During 1983-84, 195 deaths were legally determined to be suicides. The ratio of male-to-female suicides was 4.9 to 1. Suicides occurred more than twice as often & at younger ages among Natives than among Whites. Results clearly define young Native Alaskan males as a very high-risk population.