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Suicide Prevention

Saving the Lives of Black Children

Statistics show Black children are dying from suicide at higher rates than their peers. Learn the signs of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in your children and how to connect them with the appropriate resources

myths of suicide

Addressing the myths of suicide in the Black community

Myth: Children aren't at risk for suicide

Fact: Children, just like adults, have suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Especially Black children. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of Black children ages 5 to 11. Black high school students higher rates of suicide than their White peers in 2017.

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Myth: Talking to your child about suicide makes them think about suicide

Fact: Speaking openly with your child about depressive feelings and/or suicide shows them they can talk to you openly about their feelings.

"Black people don't kill themselves"

Black people of all ages are risk for suicide. The CDC estimates 93,264 potential lives will be lost to suicide in the Black community before the age of 65 if current trends continue. Some risk factors for suicide in Black people include: 

  • Exposure to violence

  • Psychological distress

  • Exposure to racial inequality

  • Substance abuse

  • Maladaptive coping skills

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Myth: Praying and going to church will make suicidal thoughts go away

Fact: Church is a protective factor in the Black community which fosters a sense of belonging. However, if someone is having thoughts of suicide, they need the additional support from a licensed professional or doctor to ensure their safety and well-being.

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National Suicide Resources

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org): 1-800-273-8255
Trevor Project Hotline (https://www.thetrevorproject.org): 866-488-7386
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (www.sptsusa.org)
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (www.sprc.org)