Suicide Attempts Among Black Youth Rising at Alarming Rates, Study Finds

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From CBS News: “Suicide attempts among black children and teens are increasing at alarming rates. And while suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens across the United States, suicide attempts over the past two decades decreased for teens in all ethnic groups except for African Americans. These disturbing findings come from the study, ‘Trends of Suicidal Behaviors Among High School Students in the United States: 1991-2017,’ published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Self-reported suicide attempts for black adolescents rose by 73% between 1991 to 2017. In comparison, self-reported suicide attempts for white adolescents fell by 7.5% over the same period. The findings are based on data from nearly 200,000 high school students from the nationally representative Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

‘Kids are telling us something,’ said Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, lead researcher on the study and executive director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University. ‘Particularly black kids are saying that they’re engaging in higher rates of attempts and I think that is something that every citizen in America should be concerned about.'”

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1 COMMENT

  1. It is not lost on me that the response is calls for more mental healthcare. I wonder how many black parents would agree to mental healthcare for their children if they knew of the systemic racism in the medical system and that their children are disproportionately more likely to be diagnosed with SMI and heavily medicated.

    In fact, this must leave any thinking person wondering how many of these black youth suicides are due to drug reactions and self-stigma from these diagnoses…