RESPONDING TO THE ALARM: ADDRESSING BLACK YOUTH SUICIDE
APRIL 21, 2020
11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. EDT
ABOUT THE WEBINAR
Over the past several years, there has been an alarming increase in the rate of suicide and suicidal behaviors among Black children and youth. Black youth under 13 are twice as likely to die by suicide compared to their White peers, and the suicide death rate among Black youth has been found to be increasing faster than any other racial/ethnic group. In 2019, the Congressional Black Caucus convened an emergency Taskforce to examine Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health. The Taskforce released its report in December 2019, highlighting several recommendations for increased research, intervention development, and community engagement.
In collaboration with the Office of Behavioral Health Equity at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this 90-minute interactive roundtable webinar will feature co-authors of the Taskforce report, including the leader of the Taskforce, answering our most pressing questions about Black youth suicide. We will learn about the latest trends and prevalence of suicide and suicide-related behaviors among Black children and youth and hear about the common risk and protective factors that are most salient for this population. We are also going to hear from a research-practitioner and a community leader, who both work closely with Black youth, to gain their perspectives on this crisis and to learn about some of the ways that we can identify Black children and youth who are at risk for suicide, how to best engage them, and provide them with developmentally and culturally appropriate support and care.
Please join us for this engaging, enlightening discussion!