Suicide Prevention Week: Take Action, Speak Up for Latinos


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Latinos are a big focus of National Suicide Prevention Week on Sept. 10-16, 2017.

Young Latinos are more likely than their peers to attempt suicide. High levels of stress, from discrimination, poverty and bullying, play a big role in this high percentage rate, according to our new Mental Health & Latino Kids Research.

multicultural latino teens sitting restaurantWhat can you do to help raise awareness and prevent suicide in your community?

Start by knowing the signs.

Here is a few examples of warning signs, according to the Mental Health America of Texas.

  • Feeling hopeless. According to our research, 32.6% of Latino students reported feelings of hopelessness and sadness that continued for more than two weeks and resulted in decreased participation in activities they had previously enjoyed, a study found.
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, and society
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger
  • Not sleeping, or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Feeling trapped, like there is no way out

Join the community in promoting suicide awareness by sharing the following resources with family, friends, community leaders, school personnel, and state officials.

Lets talk about this, and change the stigma of mental health and suicide!

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  1. Melissa Lazo

    I know this is a two year old article, but Bias is another reason why some Hispanic people think about or attempt suicide. I’m actually part Filipino, German and English and I ended up looking stereotypically Hispanic and my surname is Spanish due to my Filipino side since the Spanish colonized the Philippines. I’m a woman though and I’ve thought about it for a number of reasons involving my health from a rare disorder that caused learning issues and also I have obvious cancer symptoms Ive tried getting help with. I’ve also been treated poorly and sometimes in very scary situations because of obvious Bias and Prejudice due to my appearance. I’m just saying Bias against people who are Hispanic and “look Hispanic” is a real thing. I apologize if it was in this article but I didn’t notice it, But I do apologize if its in there. I just think it needs to be addressed more. Thank You