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What Can We Do About Suicide Among Asian Americans?

Cornell University announced in 2006 that 13 of the 21 students at Cornell who had committed suicide since 1996 were Asian or Asian American. What was even more disconcerting was that Asian Americans only represented 14 percent of the entire student body. Among women aged65 and above, Asian and Pacific Islanders have the highest rate of suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Asian Americans, ages 15-34 years. While suicide among Asian Americans is a prevalent issue, Asian America has been reluctant to acknowledge mental health problems. Dr. Y. Joel Wong, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and Counseling/Counselor Education at Indiana University Bloomington, is one of the few researchers to fill the gaps in public discourse through his research on suicide among Asian Americans. Wong discussed his current research on the topic and his recommendations for future research with Conducive’s Brielle Nikaido.

http://conducivemag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=126:what-can-we-do-about-suicide-among-asian-americans0107&catid=38:innovative-thinking&Itemid=61

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