Suicides among Bhutanese refugees who have resettled in the United States appear to be higher than rates experienced in refugee camps in Nepal and higher than rates established by people in the United States.
It is very difficult to predict who will commit suicide, but if you know someone who
– Talks about wanting to die or to kill themselves
– Looks for a way to kill themselves
such as searching online or buying a gun
– Talks about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
– Talks about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
– Talks about being a burden on others
– Increases their use of alcohol or drugs
– Acts anxious or agitated
– Behaves recklessly
– Sleeps too little or too much
– Withdraws or isolates themselves
– Shows rage or talks about seeking revenge
– Displays extreme mood swings
* Listen to them and tell them you are concerned about their feelings.
* Tell them you care about them.
* Ask if they have had suicidal thoughts.
* Involve others who care about the person.
* Call for help, guidance and support:
* Doctor or health clinic.
* International Institute of Akron: (330) 376-5106
* Asian Services in Action: (330) 535-3263
* Stay in contact with them.
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