A new study found Muslims in the US are more likely to have attempted suicide than other religion.

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry, revealed that nearly 8% of Muslims in the survey reported that they have attempted suicide in their lifetime while the number for Catholics, Protestants and Jews are 6%, 5%, and 3.6% respectively.

Dr. Rania Awaad, director of the Muslim Mental Health & Islamic Psychology Lab at Stanford University and a researcher on the study, said “Anecdotally and in clinical settings, we’re definitely seeing an uptick in suicides and suicide attempts,”

She shared two reasons for the uptick. Firstly, Muslims in the US face religious discrimination as compared to other religious minorities and secondly, they usually don’t seek medical health when going through from psychological problem because a culture of stigmatization being associated with getting counselling.

Earlier in 2021, a shocking new came to light when two brothers in Texas aged 19 and 21 decided to die by suicide together. They both suffered from depression.

The story was filed by the News Desk. The Desk can be reached at info@thecorrespondent.com.pk.


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