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Surviving suicide Shelby Row hated himself for his struggle with the PTSD. By associating with the roots of American Indians, she has learned to cope with her illness.
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The US suicide rate has increased 33% since 1999, but for men and women by American Indians the increase is even higher: 139% and 71%, respectively, according to an analysis of this weekly from the National Center for Health Statistics of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Suicide affects non-spontaneously American Indians and Alaska residents, according to the CDC. According to a CDC report for 2018, their suicide rate is more than 3.5 times higher than that among racial and ethnic groups with the lowest levels. , which can make it difficult for people to access mental health care.

Also, Indians and Indian Native American women are experiencing higher levels of violence than other American women. Nearly 84% of them experience violence in their lives, according to a report by the National Institute of Justice in 2016. This includes 56% of those who have had sexual violence and approximately the same percentage who have experienced physical violence from an intimate partner. Studies have shown that more than a third of women who have been raped have planned suicide, and 13% have tried, according to the National Resource Center for Sexual Violence. American Indians and natives of Alaska also experience PTSD more than twice as often as the general population, according to SAMHSA.

"You get this historical trauma and people can not solve it, it is internalizing and passing on to future generations," said Karen Herod, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a regional substance abuse administrator. and the Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).

A separate analysis published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that the suicide rate for all American teenagers and young people rose in 2017 to its highest point since 2000. since then. more than a third are between 10 and 24 years old, according to the CDC.

Shelby Rowe, a member of the nation, Chickasaw, was diagnosed with PTSD after her first husband died in incident shooting when she was 19, weeks after she had given birth to her second son. She thought of suicide, but she had a lot of advice to heal.

She married two more times, had a third son and engaged in helping people establish a career in public health. In 2007, she became the executive director of the Crisis Center in Arkansas, which manages the state's hotline. But three years later, when her third marriage suddenly ended, triggering her PSTD, she tried to kill herself.

"I wanted to live, I just did not know how to," she said.

After her experience, Rowe had an emotional conversation with her father who said she had helped her feel connected in a way she'd never felt before. Something changed in her. "I just felt as if my ancestors stretched out and hugged me," she said. She describes it as a spiritual punishment as "a parent who lacks their child to run into the movement. It was – why did you do that? Do not you know who you are? You are all our hopes and dreams. All these sacrifices we made over time were so that you were here. Please continue our inheritance. "

Rowe said she experienced a lot of time since she was associated with her inheritance, which according to experts could help to reduce the risk." Despite all the tribes that have suffered, we are still here "Herod said.

The Road of the Sitting Bull's pearl. (Photo: Shelby Rowe)

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