Suicide is preventable & help is available !


Aimed at addressing mental health issues facing the resettled Bhutanese in the U.S., a regional conference will be held in Harrisburg, PA from June 28-29. The conference will take place at Temple University of Harrisburg, and free registrations are open until June 6. Further information regarding registration and other details can be obtained by contacting PK Subedi (215-834-4070) and Ashok Gurung (412-961-4429). Click here to read details

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has called for video entries from any any Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugee who resided in the camps in Nepal and now lives in the United States. Videos should be made in Nepali. The deadline for submitting a video is Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Click here to read details.

The suicide rate of Bhutanese refugees after resettlement has hit the national top rate in the United States since the resettlement began in 2008. This is growing as such an alarming issue, which needs intervention.

Of all those who took their own lives, most are young adults. Only few of the elderly people have thought about killing themselves. It is more disturbing when we think about the suicide of an aspiring high school graduate who was ready to go college.

The causative factors stimulating the suicidal thoughts are not the same. The transition to new life in American cities have drastically changed younger people’s way of thinking, some taking American freedom for granted. Opportunities are aplenty for both brighter side and darker side of life; it is the individual and family to decide which one leads to prosperity. In some cases of youths attempting to suicide, the darker side is chosen, and is more accessible. Cultural shock for the elderly is obvious, but disintegration of family values by subsequent generations has also aggravated their ailment.

Let’s spread the words out to the community that suicide is preventable and that help is available.

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[If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide in the United States, call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. A free, 24/7 service that can provide suicidal persons or those around them with support, information and local resources.]

Warning signs of suicide
• Talking about wanting to die
• Looking for a way to kill oneself
• Talking about feeling of hopelessness or having no purpose
• Talking about feeling trapped
• Talking about being a burden to others
• Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
• Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
• Sleeping too little or too much
• Withdrawing or feeling isolated
• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

A survivor’s testimony from BNSBNS Suicide Poster
Things became worse to me once we started living separate. This is when I became too frustrated. At times, I felt lonely and depressed. I felt badly betrayed. I dropped my studies. I lost my job. I kept struggling to live my normal life. I did not share this to anyone. When my family members happened to check on me, I pretended everything going fine.

The level of frustration kept rising. I gradually started withdrawing from social life. I preferred to remain out of contact. I began to think that there was no one ready to support or care me. I felt irritated to talk to people, even with family members.
Read more..

U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. View more survivors’s stories here.


  1. The solution lies with Bhutan.
    The Help/Solution also lies with the International communities countries like USA, India, UN etc.
    But, they are mouth shut. ???

    The main problem is humiliation, degrading life of being refugees, uncertain future and hostile world.

    Many, many Bhutanese youths even their parents are frustrated, angry not because they did not get a place to live life but, even in the resettled countries they found this world is too selfish, unethical and see no happiness without refugee tag removed from their life. And this tag will remain there as long as Bhutanese refugees fail to change Bhutan’s tyrant rules and rulers.

    I hope this medicine will be used.

    All who want to work on suicide cases of Bhutanese refugees please do these work for Bhutanese refugees and help them. By providing incentives, counseling, psychoanalysis or psychotherapy or giving alms and sweets alone would never heal the wounds and horrors that hunt them.

  2. while the suicide cases in America are primary based upon the different factors which I like to mention -unlimited desire and wants by Bhutanese Refugees,High expectation,lack of Health education,Ethnocentrism,not willing to adopt to a new culture,Hallucinations of past memories of Bhutan,psychological disorder,unemployment and head trauma.In these cases,like as Giri said,psychotherapy,family and marriage therapy,counselling,aversion therapy,social therapy are some of the solutions to care for them.psychoanalysis deals with cognitive behaviour and perception of brain which may not be appropriate at the beginning with these group of Bhutanese Refugee.