On World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) 2022, we remember those who are affected by suicide, highlight the intersectionality between suicide and domestic violence in honor of Sania Khan and Manpreet Kaur.
Suicidality and domestic violence are both public health concerns. Yet, the two are rarely seen as correlated until a shocking murder suicide makes the news; or a victim commits suicide after enduring years of abuse.
Multiple studies and research point to the mental health impacts that exposure to domestic violence are known to cause serious mental health impacts on survivors, who are at high risk for depression, anxiety, PTSD among other mental illnesses. Survivors of intimate partner violence are twice as likely to attempt suicide multiple times.
The risk of deaths by suicide and murder-suicides is higher when abusers/ perpetrators are themselves suffering from mental illness or depression. Threats of suicide or self harm are an extreme form of coercive control used by abusers. More than two-thirds of murder suicides have been linked to domestic violence, when the perpetrators/ abusers are male.
Risks of suicides are high in communities where factors like cultural conditioning, shame, normalization of abuse prevent people from seeking help for mental health. In addition, immigrant communities shoulder additional psychological distress and impacts on mental and emotional health due to trauma of immigration and resettlement. Inter-generational trauma and untreated mental health issues combine to increase rates of violence and suicide as seen in the Asian American and South Asian communities recently.
According to the Office of Minority Health (2021), suicide was reported to be one of the leading causes of death among AAW between the ages 15 and 24 years in 2019. The suicide rates among teen Asian American women has gone up by 50% in the last decade.
The intersectionalities between domestic violence, mental health and suicidality are undeniable. The recent death by suicide of Manpreet Kaur and the murder of Sania Khan are dark reminders of this reality, amplifying the need for creating conversations, awareness and easier access to linguistically and culturally specific resources on domestic violence and mental health.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
- Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL): 1-800-715-4225
- National Mental Health Alliance (NAMI) Information Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264]
- In a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741
- Support for survivors of domestic violence murder-suicide in Georgia (The Georgia Commission on Family Violence)
- Take 5 Steps | take5tosavelives
- Resources and Programs
- https://reportingonsuicide.org (media and online coverage of suicide)
HASHTAGS TO FOLLOW:
- #BeThe1To, #BeThere, #SPM20, #stigmafree,
- #zerosuicide, #youarenotalone
Suicide Safety Plan
- Suicide Safe Mobile App
- MY 3
- A Friend Asks
- ASK & Prevent Suicide
- Your Desi Helpline: 404 596 4694
- SEEMA (Support Embrace Empower Mental health Advocacy)
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