Hispanic kids are more prone to suicide

As if they didn’t have enough obstacles against them, a new Survey shows Hispanic kids more prone to suicide.

More than 11 percent of all Latino students and 15 percent of Latino girls said they had attempted suicide, according to the report issued Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The white and black rates were about 7.5 percent.

Latinos also reported much higher rates of using cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and methamphetamines; their use of condoms was at lower rates than the other population groups.

Thanks to Latina Lista, I can point you to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2005 report, the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion site where it’s hosted, and the original press release.

You can read her take on it too:

The age group practicing unsafe sex, engaging in the highest risk behaviors and feeling the worst about themselves is the same group that is dropping out of school at steady rates, continually exhibiting low self-esteem, and are actively searching for acceptance and success in whatever ways they can find it.

That they would engage in these kinds of behaviors and still feel like they’re losers is not surprising — because they don’t have enough people in their lives telling them that they’re better than what they think they are.

What’s your take?

Author: Paloma Cruz

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