Immigrants,Depression and Suicide

Felicia Persaud | 6/14/2018, 11:19 a.m.

And that is just immigrants in ICE custody.

In the current anti-immigrant atmosphere, created by Trump, the stress many undocumented immigrants and even legal immigrants with petty criminal records are going through at just the thought of arrest, detention and deportation, is enough for many to spiral into depression and consider suicide or go through with it.

With the suicide rates rising in nearly every state, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many immigrants might very well be among the lost as well.

Trump has created a terror state for immigrants—both legal and undocumented—much like his “hero” Andrew Jackson created for Native-Americans.

But suicide should not be considered as an option in the battle to live in Trump’s America. Please consider prayer, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for confidential support 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 or talk to your priest, pastor or friend or family member if you are entertaining thoughts of suicide.

Remember, when you think your life is bad, there is always someone who is going through much worse. Stay prayed up and believe although things might look dark now, the light always comes bursting through.

The writer is CMO at Hard Beat Communications, Inc. which owns the brands NewsAmericasNow, CaribPRWire and InvestCaribbeanNow.