Suicide among migrants

Menakshi Sharma and Dinesh Bhugra

in Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention

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ISBN: 9780198570059
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640461 | DOI:

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Suicide among migrants

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Migration or mobility of individuals from one location to another is a frequent phenomenon and has been the case for millennia, although reasons for such movement of people have varied. Reasons for migration and the experiences an individual has when arriving at the new place are important, especially in terms of understanding the experiences and problems they may encounter. How well an individual adapts to the new country can be explained by factors of acculturation and how well this occurs may in turn affect the mental health of the person. Studies have shown that migration across the world is on the increase, as are the mental health problems amongst the migrant population; especially self-harm and suicide. Investigating the factors for this is important in order to develop strategies of prevention from a public health point of view. In this chapter we examine differences in the rates of suicide amongst the migrant groups across different countries and explore preventative methods from a public health perspective.

Chapter.  6389 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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