Washington University Study Shows an Alarming Trend in Suicide Attempts by Black Adolescents


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Historically, Black adolescents were less like to commit suicide or to try to commit suicide than their White peers. This is still the case. However, while suicide rates and suicide attempts have been decreasing in recent years, a new study by researchers at the Brown School of social work at Washington University in St. Louis, shows that the rates for Black adolescents are on the rise. The authors state that “Black adolescents experienced an increase in rates for suicide attempts, and a significant increase was reported for Black adolescent boys concerning the rates of injury caused by...