A Hidden Tragedy: Mental Illness and Suicide Among Asian Americans

A Hidden Tragedy: Mental Illness and Suicide Among Asian Americans:

Some sobering statistics from this article:

According to the American Psychological Association,
using the year 2007 as case study, suicide “was the second leading
cause of death for Asian-Americans aged 15-34.” The website ReAppropriate,
which advocates for Asian American concerns, estimates that the three
students who killed themselves are part of about 150 college-aged Asian
Americans who will die by suicide this year.

Two years ago,
when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “asked Asian
American high school students if they had seriously considered suicide
during the past year, 19 percent answered yes, compared to 16 percent of
all high school students.”

“Southeast Asian refugees are at risk for post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD) associated with trauma experienced before and after
immigration to the U.S,” according
to the US Department of Health and Human Services. “One study found
that 70% of Southeast Asian refugees receiving mental health care were
diagnosed with PTSD.”

Asian women, according to the study, also lead in the highest suicide rate amongst all ethnic groups in the US.

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