Suicide Attempts and Culturally Responsive Approaches for Latinos

This factsheet is based on the webinar presented by Luis Zayas, PhD. In the past 30 years, young Latinas have reported higher rates of suicide attempts when compared to other groups. The risk of suicide in the 12 months after an index attempt is about 1.6% and about 3.9% after 5 years highlighting the importance of addressing suicidal behaviors.  Some of the reasons related to suicide attempts in youth include cognitive and emotional vulnerabilities, poor coping strategies, lack of social connection, and acquired capability. Clinicians working Latino populations should consider acculturation, trauma experiences, cultural values and culturally responsive models at the moment of diagnosing and treating Latino communities with a history of suicide attempts.

September 29, 2020
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