Al Jazeera published a piece in March 2013 on Latina suicide, stating that New York City has the highest Latina teen suicide rate in the entire US.
It’s a topic we have covered before, but remains as troubling as ever.
Dr. Luis Zayas, Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, has studied Latina suicide for over 30 years to try to get to the root of the issue. As we previously wrote, he found some obvious factors come into play, including Latina teens being more socialized than their parents.
“They were more depressed, had lower self esteem and poor coping skills, he said. “Most of these girls were U.S. born of immigrant parents.”
In an interview with VOXXI, Dr. Jane Delgado (President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health) described the issue as “very complicated.”
“While actual suicide rates are lower for Hispanics ages 15- 19 than for non-Hispanic whites (6.0 vs. 8.9); suicide ideation and attempts occur at a higher rate among Hispanics and especially among Hispanic girls,” she said, according to a story by the Huffington Post.
If you or someone you know has thought of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-888-237-TALK (8255).