By Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH, Executive Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policyand Research at New York University Amid all the recent headlines about suicidal behavior among young
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Black youth suicide is a public health crisis. We must act NOW to raise awareness in communities of color and make resources available.
December 17, 2019, 1:00PM EST:
On April 30, @RepBonnie launched the CBC Emergency Taskforce on Youth Suicide and Mental Health to address the trauma kids of color face: racial stigmas, poverty, gender identity and more.
Over 8 months, the taskforce has held forums, events and meetings to identify the contributing factors to this crisis, and ways to stop it. Today, the taskforce releases its report, along with legislation that will help save lives.
The taskforce was aided by a working group comprised of mental health professionals, advocates, and academics. Annelle Primm, M.D., MPH, Senior Medical Director, represented the Steve Fund on the working group.
Read the report.
ABOUT THE STEVE FUND
The Steve Fund is dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. Right at this moment, there are students of color who are failing academically, suffering emotionally and/OR in some cases are facing serious risk, because population-specific factors influencing mental health are too poorly understood and not acted upon. We are taking action. Learn more.
Every September we observe Suicide Prevention Month. It is a time to learn as much as we can about this alarming public health issue—most often related to mental illness. And it is also