Health problems amongst American Indians are disproportionately higher than the rest of the general population. This disparity contributes to inhibiting economic, educational, and social development. The statistics are shocking. Many American Indians suffer and ultimately die from preventable diseases at alarmingly higher rates. Mental health is no different, with many American Indians disproportionately burdened by substance abuse and mental health issues.
The statistics illustrate the extent of the problem.
American Indians are:
- 640% more likely to die from tuberculosis;
- 650% more likely to die from cirrhosis;
- 420% more likely to die from diabetes;
- 770% more likely to die from alcoholism;
- 52% more likely to die from pneumonia or influenza; and
- 70% more likely to commit suicide