Suicide is a Devastating Form of Violence

Violence has many faces. There exists a largely unreported suicide epidemic among black children and youth in the U.S. that demands attention.  Rates are rising for black children, as they are declining among white children, indicating a need for differentiated and targeted approaches to this type of violence prevention.

In 2012, suicide was the second leading cause of death in adolescents aged 12 to 19 years, accounting for more deaths in this age group compared with cancer, heart disease, influenza, pneumonia, diabetes mellitus, human immunodeficiency virus, and stroke combined. Although the incidence of suicide is low prior to adolescence, suicide still ranks as the 11th leading cause of death in children aged 5 to 11 years, with devastating consequences for families. This article is informative and calls for action.

A good summary by the NY Times:


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