Indian Country 52 #48 – Wounded Youth
“The rates for PTSD for Native American young people who are exposed to violence exceed the PTSD rates for combat vets returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. There’s a whole generation of young people who are experiencing just unimaginable violence.”
– Aspen Public Radio, More Native Youth Have PTSD Than Recent Combat Vets.
“AI/ANs more likely have exposure to trauma than members of more economically advantageous groups.”
Indian Country Child Trauma Center, Cultural Issues in Historical Trauma and Implications for Youth at Risk.
“The high prevalence of suicide among Native American young males has achieved widespread recognition and concern, but relatively little research (Olson & Wahab, 2006). Suicide was the third leading cause of death among NAYM, ages 15 to 24, and was the second leading cause of death for Native American males ages 10-34 years old (Kochanek, Murphy, Anderson, Scott, 2004; National Center or Injury Prevention and Control, 2006).”
– Health and Welfare (Idaho), Suicide in Native American males, ages 15 ‐ 24.
“Native American traditions may be the key to helping modern-day veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.”
– Miami Herald, Film looks at Native American traditions and PTSD.
“Rates of PTSD among American Indian Vietnam Veterans ranged from 22% to 25% (depending on the tribe) (3). American Indians were exposed to greater war zone stresses (e.g., atrocities, violence, and combat) than Whites, including psychological conflict resulting from identification with the enemy.”
– U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, PTSD Among Ethnic Minority Veterans
Download the 18″x24″ poster (.pdf), Indian Country 52 #48 – Wounded Youth (MMIW).
Indian Country 52
Indian Country 52 is a weekly project by David Bernie that uses the medium of graphic design by creating posters that promote issues and stories in Indian Country.
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