Suicide rates are skyrocketing among black youth, research finds
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Suicide rates among black youth have skyrocketed. According to a recent study, suicide among black girls has seen the greatest increase.
The “Black Youth Suicide: Survey of Current Trends and Precipitating Circumstances” found that “Black youth have experienced a significant upward trend in suicide with the greatest annual percentage change in the 15-17 age group and among girls.
suicide the rate went from 4.9 to 6.6%. Along with past suicidal thoughts and behaviors as triggers, mental health issues, relationship issues, interpersonal trauma, and life stressors were also listed.
One of the authors Michael Lindsey, Dean of New York University silver school of Social Work, said the data debunks suicide myths.
“Black girls showed the greatest annual percentage change in terms of increased suicide,” he said during a USC webinar. “We generally think of suicide as an older white male phenomenon.”
Lindsey added that black youth, especially LGBTQ youth, need more empathy and validation from the adults around them to address this issue.
“There is a lack of appreciation for how children identify and the painful caustic experiences these children are subjected to as they step into their own identity in terms of how they want to be reflected in the world” , did he declare. Youth today.
Previous research has also found that suicide in young people deserve more attention and interventions. The Trevor Project Analysis 2022found that 45% of 34,000 young participants between the ages of 13 and 24 had seriously considering suicide. The report “Ring The Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America” stated that sreported suicide attempts by elves among black youth skyrocketed 144% between 1991 and 2019.
To learn more about helping black youth who are having suicidal thoughts, see the resources below:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) — nami.org
National Organization of Colored People Against Suicide (NOPCAS) — nopcas.org
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide — sptsusa.org
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) — sprc.org
The Trevor Project Lifeline — thetrevorproject.org