Suicide of Young Immigrated
Suicide among young immigrated Mexican males
has gone up significantly in the United States (2016). When most of these
individuals immigrate here, they are unauthorized. However, there are a few
individuals that are authorized. Being a Mexican male immigrant in the United
States can be very challenging. It can be challenging because these young men
face many barriers which can lead to them taking their life’s. Today I will
explain what factors contribute to these young males taking their life’s and
how such issues can be handled.
Immigration is very relevant in today’s
society because it affects the economic system and politics (2016). For this
reason, Mexican men are looked down upon by Americans. Individuals in America
look down upon them because they believe they’re increasing crimes, taking jobs,
and mistreating welfare (2016). With this mind, immigration is when people come
to foreign countries to live there permanently (“Immigrant,” n.d.). People in America refuse to
understand that these men come to support their families and better their
lives. With that in mind, in the United States, it can be quite challenging for
these young males because they face so many obstacles which can contribute to
them taking their lives.
One major barrier that can contribute to the
rise in suicide for young immigrated males is the Language. As a matter of
fact, the majority of Mexicans speaks Spanish, but in the United States, the
primary language is English. Not being able to speak or interpret the English
language can cause conflict with getting jobs and an education (Aguirre-Molina,
Borrell, & Vega, 2010). When young
Mexican males cannot get a job or education, it becomes hard for them to
support themselves and their families. In addition to that, if they have
trouble speaking the language, it can be difficult for them to receive medical
help (Aguirre-Molina, Borrell, & Vega, 2010). Mexicans in general already have less access
to medical service than other races (Aguirre-Molina, Borrell, & Vega, 2010).
So, if they have any mental or physical
issue not being able to speak the language can be a barrier in receiving and
seeking assistance (Aguirre-Molina, Borrell, & Vega, 2010).
Another barrier that can contribute to the
rise in suicide for young immigrated males is acculturation. All things
considered, acculturation allows individuals to adopt traits from other cultures
(Abraído-Lanza, Echeverría, & Flórez, 2016). This can be challenging for
individuals because they can inherit positive traits as well as negative from
other cultures. For some Mexicans males, this can be overwhelming because they
face racial discrimination for trying to inherit one’s culture (Abraído-Lanza,
Echeverría, & Flórez, 2016). During acculturation, some immigrated males
tend to forget their social norms. Some of these norms consist of their
religion, native language, and lifestyle (Abraído-Lanza, Echeverría, &
Flórez, 2016). Trying to fit in with the American culture can cause them to
lose themselves and what they truly stand for.
The last barrier that can contribute to
the rise in suicide for young immigrated males is enmeshment. Enmeshment in
Mexican families is very common, especially with young males because their
culture teaches them to put family first (2014). In reality, this can cause
some young male to be dysfunctional later on in life (2014). Feeling obligated
to put family first before own needs can cause them to isolate themselves
(2014). Isolating themselves can make it hard for them to form new
relationships with others. With this in mind, enmeshment may also make Mexican
males feel controlled by family members, which leads to broken households and
the lack of independence for these young males (2014).
Although these young immigrated males,
face plenty of challenges public safety can assist them with their issues. In
order to, help these young male’s public safety members must be open-minded.
When public safety members are open-minded, it becomes easier to understand
what they’re going through. Another way public safety can help is by making
more counseling interventions available to these young males (2004). This way
these young males will have more access to get help physically and mentally (2004).
All things considered, society looks down upon immigrants, which makes it hard
for them to overcome life challenges. These young Mexican immigrants come to
America for better opportunities, and they’re no different from anyone else.
Just because they’re immigrants that doesn’t mean they deserve to be treated
differently. That is why it’s important for society as a whole to stop
despising immigrants and help prevent future suicide within their race.