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Black kids are exposed to violence

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Black pain often goes unaddressed. African Americans are less likely to seek mental health services than other minorities according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. Black children are no different. Black kids are exposed to violence at much higher rates than any other rates. The impact of seeing and normalizing violence is traumatic. …

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BLACK BOYS, SUICIDE & SHAME: WHAT CAN THE VILLAGE DO?

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The promising future of a popular Hampton University graduate cut short left many in disbelief—particularly since it was his choice. Yusuf Neville was set to marry and had the admiration of many celebrities given his work in the service industry, but his last tweet before jumping off a hotel parking deck conveyed the sentiment gnawing at his heart: Pain is …

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Suicide: often narrated by shame

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The story of suicide is often narrated by shame. Shame is a force that prompts involuntary retreat into what is likely a distorted self-perception and places a person further from the people and supports that can potentially restore a sense of wholeness while easing psychological pain. Historically, the Black community has faced numerous challenges that have attempted to undermine the …

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Fourth Leading Cause of Death

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The suicide of a young person is always a tragedy, an event deeply mourned by the youth’s family and community. Sadly, the prevalence of this kind of tragedy is greater than many might think. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2005 through 2013 indicate suicide has been the third or fourth leading cause of death for …

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Strongest Predictors of Suicidality is Hopelessness

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One of the strongest predictors of suicidality is hopelessness. Recent research by Lisa Hooper and her colleagues has also shown that reactions to trauma can heighten suicidal thoughts. Despite the growing presence of programs that try to address young Black men’s needs like the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, many young Black boys face traumatic experiences such as community …