Suicide rates have risen for most groups in the last two decades, but disparities remain. By gaby galvin , staff writer june 20, 2019 by gaby galvin , staff writer june 20, 2019, at 1201 a. Racial and ethnic groups differ in their access to culturally appropriate behavioral health treatment, experiences of discrimination and historical trauma, and other factors that may be related to suicide risk. 1 at the same time, our understanding of racial and ethnic differences in suicide and suicidal behaviors is limited by underreporting and other limitations in data collection systems. Suicide is an act of violence against oneself, resulting in death. Among teenagers and young adults aged 1524, suicide was the second leading cause of death in 2013 (1). Because patterns of suicide may be different for young adults aged 1824 than for teens aged 1517, this. The united states has experienced great changes in ethnic mix over the past 20 years and the growing diversity in the population needs to be considered when talking about suicide in the u. Factors that contribute to risks for or protection against depression and suicide may be different for cultures with different values and health beliefs. Read more suicide among teens and young adults reaches highest level since 2000 a shocking rise in suicide attempts between 20, the suicide rate among youth ages 10 to 24 hovered. While female youth more often attempt suicide, males are more likely than females to die by suicidealthough the gap is narrowing (1, 3). Suicide rates vary for different ethnic groups due to cultural differences. In 1998, suicides among european americans accounted for 84 of all youth suicides, 61 male and 23 female. Suicide deaths is unknown, numbers and rates for these racial and ethnic groups are most likely underreported. Even so, non-hispanic aian persons had among the highest age-adjusted suicide rates in 2014 (along with non-hispanic white persons) and the highest suicide rates for females and males aged 15. the findings of studies examining suicide attempt and suicide ideation rates in specific ethnic groups should be viewed with two limitations in mind. First, some of the groups analyzed are heterogeneous in terms of ethnicity, geography, acculturation, education, migration patterns, socioeconomic status, and access to health care.