Year: 1994 Source: American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, v.4, (1994), p.2-34 SIEC No: 20011072

This article presents data from 31 years (1958-1986) of suicide mortality among American Indians in New Mexico. The emphasis is on specific suicide trends that may be present in the most recent years, changes from the patterns of earlier years, & more specific analysis of youth age groups from 5-9 through 25-29 years of age. Results indicate suicide rates have risen & fallen in the various youth categories over the years. Highly lethal methods were common. The male/female ratio of completed suicide increased to 12.5:1. Most youth suicides were among reservation residents. Temporal variables remained constant over the years. Several questions were raised by this research, most of which require further study. (53 refs.)