New Report Shows Increase in Suicide Rates Among Black Youth

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for young people today.

A new report shows those rates have significantly increased for more Black youth, especially for young Black girls.

“Black youth are facing more risk for mental instability, and suicidality just due to gaps in resource disparities, training of behavioral health professionals,” said Latoya Logan, executive director for Project Lift.

Logan works with dozens of young black men with Project Lift in Cleveland, Ohio and helps them overcome mental health challenges.

“There’s a lot of research that suggests that providers struggle with seeing black youth and black people in general, as being in need of help and that we are just so strong and capable and that’s obviously not true,” said Logan.

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SOURCE: Action News Jax; CMG Washington News Bureau, Kirstin Garriss