Muslim adults living in the United States were twice as likely to have attempted suicide compared with individuals from other faiths.
This was revealed according to the results of a survey in a research report published in JAMA Psychiatry.
JAMA Psychiatry is a regularly peer-reviewed medical journal issued by the American Medical Association (AMA).
The study was conducted in the aftermath of a murder-suicide involving a Muslim family in Allen, Texas, U.S., which sent shock waves through the Muslim community.
According to the paper, 7.9% of Muslims, 5.1% of Protestants, 6.1% of Catholics, and 3.6% of Jewish participants reported a lifetime suicide attempt.
This means that Muslim participants were 2.18 times more likely to commit suicide than Protestant participants after adjusting for demographic factors.
Protestants are the largest group of Christians in the United States. They make up around 43% of the population.
Researchers have identified two reasons Muslim adults are twice as likely to commit suicide than those from other faiths.
The first reason is religious discrimination. Muslims are a minority group in the United States, and discrimination often leads to depression, anxiety, and paranoia.
According to a Stanford University study, American Muslims were more likely to commit suicide than those living in Muslim-majority countries.
The second reason is stigmatization in the Muslim community against individuals battling mental health and seeking counseling.
Reflecting on the study, Dr. Rania Awaad, the Director of the Muslim Mental Health Lab & Wellness Program at Stanford University, has disclosed that suicide is one of the leading causes of death among Muslims in the United States.
Dr. Rania added that attempted suicides among American Muslims have steadily grown throughout the past two decades.
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