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Research Letter
July 21, 2021

Suicide Attempts of Muslims Compared With Other Religious Groups in the US

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
  • 2Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
  • 3VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven
  • 4Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Department of Neurology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 5Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • 6Department of Psychological Research, Khalil Center/Ibn Khaldun University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 7Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Dearborn, Michigan
  • 8Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Psychiatry. Published online July 21, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.1813

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death and has steadily increased throughout the past 2 decades.1 Religious affiliation may be associated with a lower risk for both suicide attempt and death through multiple mechanisms, including the promotion of social support, personal empowerment, healthy lifestyle, and commitment to religious life-preserving morals.2 In the US, Muslim individuals represent a religious minority group who are vulnerable to religious discrimination but may access mental health services more infrequently than other groups. We compare the prevalence of suicide attempts among Muslim adults compared with adults of other faith communities in the US.

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