Sandria M. Washington –Blackdoctor.org
The village needs healing. Suicide ranked 14th as a cause of death among Black children in 1993-1997, but increased to 9th in 2008 – 2012. In a 2015 study published in JAMA Pediatrics looking at suicide among elementary aged children aged 5 to 11 years, the rate increased significantly for Black children – in particular Black boys – while it declined for White children.
What’s behind these findings?
BlackDoctor.org in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched a national conversation on preventing suicide and promoting positive development among African American children, beginning with the “Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Facebook Chat” on September 8. Leading mental health experts Dr. Angela Ali, Kimya N. Dennis, PhD and Dr. Isaiah Pickens discussed the mental health and well-being of young Black children, especially those at risk for death by suicide.
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