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#JamesDonaldson On #MentalHealth – Expert Warns Of Rising #Suicide Rates Among #Black #Children

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For more than a decade, the #suicide rate has been increasing among #Black #children. Now, a new study says the greatest rise is among young #Black #girls.

#JamesDonaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

 

Arielle Sheftall, Ph.D., recently published the study through the Center for #SuicidePrevention and Research at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It found more than 1,800 #Black #children died by #suicide between 2003 and 2017. Most of the deaths were among #boys, but the #suicide rate of #girls increased an average of 6.6% each year – that’s more than twice the increase for #boys.

Dr. Sheftall recently spoke during a news conference hosted by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in which Brown addressed the #mentalhealthchallenges affecting young #Black #girls.

“We know that because of #racial disparities in our health care system, too many young #peopleofcolor – especially young, #Black #girls – are not getting the care they need,” Sen. Brown said. “Warning signs are being missed.”

Brown discussed his #Child #SuicidePrevention and Lethal Means Safety Act, which he says will bring increased funding and attention to #suicideprevention for #children and young #adults.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the study and the #Child #SuicidePrevention and Lethal Means Safety Act are Nationwide Children’s Hospital Abigail Wexner Research Institute Center for #SuicidePrevention and Research principal investigator Arielle Sheftall, Ph.D.; and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

If you or someone you know may be considering #suicide, contact the #NationalSuicidePreventionLifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.

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