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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 28, 2013

Suicide Awareness Needed for Bhutan Refugees in United States

JAMA. 2013;310(8):789. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.194707

High reported suicide rates among Bhutanese refugees resettled in the United States point to the need for job training and language skills programs that include social support and mental health components.

From 2009 to 2012, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement reported 16 suicides among an estimated 57 000 Bhutanese refugees who have arrived in the United States since 2008. That figure represents a suicide incidence rate of 24.4 per 100 000 population. In comparison, the global suicide rate is 16 per 100 000 and 12.4 per 100 000 in the United States.