Teen Latinas’ Suicidal Behavior—a Crisis Going Largely Ignored



A youth survey recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that when it comes to rates of teenage suicide attempts, young Latinas continue to outpace girls and boys of other ethnic or racial groups in the U.S.

Nearly 10 years ago, news stories told of this mostly overlooked national phenomenon among a misunderstood and endangered group but one of the fastest-growing segments of the American population.

Major city newspaper editorials called for more than research. They called for action.

We need action now more than ever. But more than that, we need sustained action.

By 2050, one in four women in the U.S. will be Hispanic.

In 2015, Latinas in high schools across the country had rates of suicide attempts of 15.1 percent compared with rates for African American and non-Hispanic white girls of 10.2 percent and 9.8 percent, respectively.

Source: Young Latinas’ rate of suicide attempts requires sustained action | The Star-Telegram


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