chapter  8
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Suicide assessment and intervention with Asian immigrants

Suicide is a worldwide public health concern. The loss of an individual’s life to suicide leaves a devastating effect on families and communities across all cultures and societies. According to the World Health Organization (2008), which compiles data from 105 countries around the world, suicide ranks among the top three leading causes of death for those aged 15-44 years; in some countries, suicide rates have increased by 60 percent in the last 50 years. Globally, almost one million people die from suicide each year; it is estimated that by 2020, rates will rise to 1.53 million. These figures do not include suicide attempts, which are up to 20 times more frequent than completed suicide. They also are exclusive of countries that do not report on the prevalence of suicide.