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Dear Black Youth, We See You: Black Lives Matter and the Fight Against Suicide

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

By Aneesha Perkins, MA, LPC


Historically, suicide rates among the Black community have been lower than in other populations. How


ever, in recent years, Black youth have been heavily impacted by rising rates of suicide in communities across the nation. For instance, the rate of suicide is double for Black children under the age of 12 compared to White children (O’Reilly & Adams, 2021). September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which offers a great opportunity to raise visibility around this critical social issue impacting our youth.<