Sorority Discusses Latina Suicides

By Jorge Rivas Apr 22, 2009

One in six Latinas will attempt suicide between the ages of 11 and 17. That was just one of the statistics students heard Monday night at El Silencio: Latino Teenage Suicide, a workshop hosted by Penn state’s Chi Upsilon Sigma, a Latina sorority that focuses on promoting a positive image of all woman. Raquel Fernandez and Lissette Herrera, both students, led the presentation about the rising rate of Latina suicide. "The numbers have been steadily going up and we want to bring attention to it and help people become aware of it," Leon said. "It’s not something that’s talked about a lot in our community, and we want to bring attention to it so people know about it and how to help people around them."