Suicide Among Eastern European Immigrant Youth

  • Aida Spahic-Mihajlovic
  • Alekhya Buddhavarapu
  • Neha SharmaEmail author


Suicidality in Eastern European immigrant youth is a vastly under-researched topic. The socioeconomic climate of the region has been in a state of constant flux in the last few decades with wars, atrocities, and mass migration. Children who were born in this region have a high risk of being exposed to psychosocial adversity and trauma, which can be directly responsible for the manifesting of self-harming behaviors. Major risk factors for suicide could build on one another quickly and unexpectedly in this vulnerable group. It is important to have a thorough understanding of the sociopolitical background of each client from this multiethnic area. This helps mental health (MH) providers have cultural knowledge specific to the population that informs them of risk factors, strengths, early symptom manifestations, and modalities of depression and suicide. Available information and data regarding the MH and acculturation experiences of this community from the home region and host countries in the European Union can enable US MH services to design interventions and protocols suiting the needs of these immigrants.


Eastern European youth Suicide Treatment Depression Immigration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aida Spahic-Mihajlovic
    • 1
  • Alekhya Buddhavarapu
    • 2
  • Neha Sharma
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of IllinoisChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryTufts Medical CenterBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryTufts University School of Medicine, Tufts Medical CenterBostonUSA

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