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Fronteras: Suicide sometimes a taboo topic in Navajo culture





"American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest rates of suicide compared to any other ethnic group in the United States. And in many tribes it's considered taboo to even talk about the problem. A recent workshop in Flagstaff hoped to address that.

Emmy Burruel lives in Flagstaff with her husband and two children. She recalled a couple years ago she and her husband were fixing up their guest room when they got the call.

"My mom is crying hysterically, she’s like, 'we found your brother' and I’m like, 'what do you mean you found my brother?'" Burruel said. "She’s like, 'he’s gone. He hung himself.'" "

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Native Americans Have Highest Rate of Suicide (Fronteras 8/31)