The African American experience is unique. The effects of slavery and Jim Crow have impacted us for generations and still rears its head in our mental wellness. Take these statistics from a 2021 study by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health:

  • In 2019, suicide was the second leading cause of death for blacks or African Americans, ages 15 to 24.1
  • The death rate from suicide for black or African American men was four times greater than for African American women, in 2018.
  • The overall suicide rate for black or African Americans was 60 percent lower than that of the non-Hispanic white population, in 2018.
  • Black females, grades 9-12, were 60 percent more likely to attempt suicide in 2019, as compared to non-Hispanic white females of the same age.

This research, combined with our unique experience, makes understanding how to address our mental health different from others. Several Black authors have written books to address our mental health. Take time to read and pass along the following books on Black mental health.

Click here to read online resources for Black mental health.

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