Suicidal Thoughts among Asians, Native Hawaiians, or Other Pacific Islanders

Suicide affects Americans of every racial and ethnic group. Each year millions of adults think about and attempt suicide. Raising awareness within racial and ethnic groups can help prevent suicide. One such group is the Asian, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander population. According to the combined 2008 to 2011 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, each year about 8.5 million adults aged 18 or older had serious thoughts of suicide. This number includes about 315,000 Asians, Native Hawaiians, or other Pacific Islanders each year. Asians, Native Hawaiians, or other Pacific Islanders had a lower rate of suicidal thoughts (2.8 percent) than the national average (3.7 percent). Rates of Asians, Native Hawaiians, or other Pacific Islanders making suicide plans or suicide attempts did not differ from the national averages.

Population of focus: Asians, Native Hawaiians, or Other Pacific Islanders

Link to resource: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2K13/Spotlight/Spot118-suicidal-thoughts.pdf

Date: 2013

Organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration