Immigrants twice as likely to commit suicide
2 December 2004, MADRID-Immigrants in Spain were twice as likely to kill themselves than Spaniards, a report claims.
2 December 2004
MADRID-Immigrants in Spain were twice as likely to kill themselves than Spaniards, a report claims.
The study, by the Fundación Jiménez Díaz de Madrid and the Fundación Caixa, said psychiatrists should take into account the cultural difference between Spaniards and immigrants.
Jose Luis González Rivera, who wrote the report, said fewer immigrants sought psychiatric help.
But when they do seek help for mental problems, they have generally have more serious disorders.
He said they were more prone to try to commit suicide or harm themselves.
Immigrants were more likely to suffer stress, anxiousness and depression than Spaniards.
Rivera said immigrants generally have different priorities than Spaniards.
Often they will be concerned with finding a place to live, a job and sending cash back to families in their own country.
They also do not make use of the health services, through ignorance and language problems as well as the stigma of going to a psychiatrist.
Rivera said immigrants suffer more stress and lack a support network, leaving them liable to a greater risk of stress and depression.
However, he said the mental health care facilities in Spain were sufficient to deal with immigrants who suffer from any condition.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news