Ethnic groups Suicide rates vary for different ethnic groups due to cultural differences. In , suicides among European Americans accounted for 84% of all youth suicides, 61% male and 23% female. Among racial/ethnic groups with data, American Indian/Alaska Native youth have the highest suicide rates (3). Research also shows that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are more likely to engage in suicidal behavior than their heterosexual peers (7). Several other factors put teens at risk for suicide, including a family history of suicide, past. Suicide risk varies among different racial and ethnic groups. In the United States, suicide death rates are much higher among whites and American Indians/Alaska Natives than among other populations (see our Racial and Ethnic Disparities page). 1 Suicidal thoughts and behaviors can vary across racial and ethnic groups, as well as within subgroups, .