Suicide and Suicidal Ideation Among Bhutanese Refugees - United States, 2009-2012
This Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) informs service providers about suicide rates among Bhutanese refugees resettled in the United States between February 2009 and February 2012. It provides an analysis of Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) statistics, which suggest that Bhutanese refugees arriving from refugee camps in Nepal could have a high percentage of undiagnosed mental illness. It discusses postarrival difficulties such as family conflict and unemployment, and offers that social support and mental health components should be added to job and language training programs. Recommendations for service providers to develop culturally appropriate community-based interventions for suicide prevention and standard procedures for monitoring and reporting suicides and suicide attempts in the Bhutanese refugee population are made.
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