Suicide Attempts Are Rising Among Black Teens

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New research suggests that rates of suicide attempts among black teenagers are on the rise. Looking at data from nearly 200,000 high school students, scientists found that the rate of suicide attempts among both black boys and girls increased between 1991-2017, while rates for other racial groups decreased.

Black boys especially showed an increase in injuries from such attempts. 

“Black males are engaging in more lethal means when attempting suicide,” study author Arielle Sheftall, a suicide prevention researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, told STAT. She also called for more research to tease out what is driving these disparities and to look at whether common suicide prevention strategies are as effective for black youth as other racial groups.

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