Suicide in the South Asian community is often hidden or not talking about in the family or in the community. In my own family history a family member committed suicide long before I was born. I only learned of it in passing when asking about a relative back in India. No one was willing to answer questions about it, merely saying something “wasn’t right” about this person and they killed themselves. I was also told to not ask his brothers or sisters about it because will upset them. The legacy of silence around this family tragedy highlights the shame and stigma surrounding this issue and the great need for suicide awareness in our community. This silence makes it more difficult for a person suffering to ask for help or to share how deeply they are in crisis. Talking about this serious issue can save a life. Be a part of ending the silence and a part of raising awareness on suicide prevention.
– Razia Kosi, Executive Director
Information from Asian American Suicide Prevention and Education:
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United Sates and 8th among Asian Americans. The World Health Organization reports an estimate of 1.8 percent of all deaths worldwide result from suicide each year and estimates that 30,000 Americans commit suicide a year.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be at risk for suicide, we strongly encourage you to do one or more of the following:
- Contact a mental health provider within your community.
- Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, for a referral. (More than 150 languages are offered)
- Call 1-877-990-8585, Asian LifeNet Hotline (24 hours). (Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Fujianese are offered)
- Call 911.