Associate Chaplain and Mentor
COLLEGE PARK, MD –
It seems as if suicide within the Muslim community is occurring at an increasing rate. Our most recent loss in Virginia shocked all of us that call the DMV home, and it occurred just a few days after another incident in Dallas, TX.
In the DMV Muslim community alone, there have been more than a handful of cases of suicide over the past year involving individuals across all ages, some even as young as 10 or 11 years old.
The CDC published a study earlier this year with data supporting that suicide rates have risen between 1999 and 2016 in every state except Nevada.
Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s deputy principal director, says that the data “suggest that this is a national problem hitting most communities”, and we are seeing over and over again that the Muslim community in North America, and especially Muslims in the D.C. Area, are not immune.
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