Bhutanese Refugees Are Killing Themselves at an Astonishing Rate: How Unemployment, Depression, and a Lack of Family Ties Lead to Extreme Desperation

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This online article by Danielle Preiss educates service providers about a pattern of suicides among Bhutanese refugees resettled in the U.S. It outlines a recent CDC study of the Bhutanese refugee population to determine the rates of suicidal thinking and mental health conditions, that showed the problem as being endemic. It discusses the high rate of depression and post-migration difficulties, including being unable to communicate with their host communities, worry about family back home, and the difficulty of maintaining cultural and religious traditions. Most of the victims were unemployed, and the CDC study noted that Bhutanese resettlement coincided with the financial recession. The article also discusses different cultural perspectives on suicide.

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Depression, Mental health, Refugees, Suicidal ideation , Suicide
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