Paris Jackson's Suicide Attempt: A Greater Look at Latina Teen Suicide

By now, you’ve most likely heard of Paris Jackson’s suicide attempt. The late Michael Jackson’s teenage daughter made headlines this week after news broke that she cut her wrists. On Thursday, Entertainment Tonight received confirmation by the 15-year-old’s biological mother Debbie Rowe that the teen indeed tried to kill herself – and that she was sent to a Los Angeles hospital.

Sandra Ribera, a legal representative for Paris’ grandmother Katherine Jackson said that the teen is “physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention.”

In light of Paris’ suicide attempt, the issue of teen suicide is again brought to awareness by the media. In 2012, a semi-annual survey on youth risk behavior published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly 1 in 6 high school students has seriously considered suicide – and 1 in 12 have attempted it.

According to the report, suicide attempts/considerations were higher among female teens than males and, as we’ve known for a while, the rate is highest among Latina teens (13.5 percent). As early back as 2007, the CDC has reported that one out of every seven Latina teens attempts suicide.