Arizona part of study on suicides among Bhutanese refugees

Stephanie Innes Arizona Daily Starbhutan-refugee-nepal_26

A federal report is recommending more mental health services for refugees from Bhutan, who have a higher than average rate of suicide.

The annual suicide rate among Bhutanese refugees resettled in the United States was calculated by investigators of the recent federal report as 21.5 per 100,000; the annual suicide rate for U.S. residents is 12.4 per 100,000

Nearly 3,000 Bhutanese refugees have resettled in Arizona since 2008, according to state data. Tucson is one of the communities where a large concentration of the Bhutanese refugees resettled.

Bhutanese of Nepali origin, mainly Hindu, began fleeing Bhutan in the 1990s due to persecution and violence. Many of them spent years living in refugee camps in Nepal before moving to the United States and other countries. For more please follow the link below>

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