Study Finds Suicide Rates Among African Americans and Asian Americans Have Increased Over the Last Five Years

Suicide rates dramatically increased for minorities in the U.S. over the last five years, a new government study suggests.

Although overall rates are still higher among white Americans – and have been for at least the past two decades – increases have been more dramatic among communities of color.

Researchers found that rates rose by 30 percent for black residents and 16 percent for Asians between 2014 and 2019 compared to 10 percent among whites.

Figures were even more dramatic for minority youth with suicide rates spiking by nearly half for African-American males over the same time period.

A new study found that suicides rates spiked by 30% for black Americans (dotted yellow line) and 16% for Asians/Pacific Islanders (grey line) from 2014 to 2019 compared to 10% for white people (black line)
Among males between ages 15 and 24, rates soared by 47% for African-Americans (dotted yellow line) and 40% for Asians (grey line) in comparison with 20% for Caucasians (black line)

The team, from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), says the findings show the need for suicide and mental health services geared towards specific subgroups in the hopes of driving down rates.

Experts add that they are not sure why rates are increasing, but have said that possible factors could include economic burden for older adults, lack of mental health care in communities of color, bullying and sexual violence among youth.

For the study, published in JAMA Network Open, the team looked at suicide rates among subgroups using mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Mary Kekatos

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