A study by Nationwide Children’s Hospital showed that black children are twice as likely to die from suicide as white children.
The study, published in the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that just over 1,800 black teenagers and women died from suicide between 2003 and 2017. In addition, the annual percentage of black children between the ages of 15 and 17 who died of suicide rose nearly 5%. The proportion of black girls was even higher at 6.6%.
Almost 40% of black girls who died of suicide during this period were between 12 and 14 years old. DR. Arielle Sheftall, The lead author of the study named the increasing trend regarding
“We found that the annual percentage increase in black girls was twice that of black boys, which was very surprising as this finding is contrary to what we normally see in the literature that more men die from suicide as women, “Sheftall told WBNS 10.” This is quite worrying and signals that something is happening with our black girls. “
Sheftall added that there is limited research on the suicide statistics of black youths. One of the reasons the study was conducted was to identify risk factors that are causing the rise in suicide rates in black adolescents and to use the results for prevention tactics.
The suicide rates of teenagers and young adults in the United States show that they are highest among young boys, particularly white, Native American, and Alaskan natives.
Sheftall told the New York Times that suicide is usually not an issue that is debated in the black community, but that may have to change if trends continue.
“I think in the past suicide – or suicidal behavior – was just considered a white thing,” Sheftall said. “And that’s not the case.”
Another study published in May showed that the suicide rate of black men between 15 and 24 increased by 47% between 2003 and 2019 and among black women of the same age by 59%. However, the rate decreased for white men and women of the same age.