Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you care about are struggling with thoughts of suicide,
call or text the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline @ 988.

Anyone can experience suicidal thoughts – no matter age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, or cultural background – yet some populations are more at risk than others. The Black community is particularly at a higher risk, and the suicide rate has continued to increase when the rate for other populations has declined or remained the same. According to the Ohio Department of Health, from 2019 to 2020, the suicide rate for Black males increased by 8%, and for females, 14%. Understanding the unique factors that contribute to suicide in the Black community is the first step to learning how to address it.

Sound The Alarm

The scars we don’t see are the ones that prevent people from who they were destined to be. Those that suffer from mental illness yearn to take control of life but at times yield to overwhelming strife and feel as though they are left to battle demons alone. The cultural ideology surrounding those that suffer from mental health issues is perpetuated by implying mental health is synonymous to being labeled as “crazy” or “weak”. IT’S TIME TO SOUND THE ALARM and change the way in which Black communities view mental illness by normalizing getting treatment. Hug someone you know is having a difficult time and tell them “Life is Better with YOU HERE”.

  • Prior suicide attempt(s) 
  • Alcohol and drug abuse 
  • Mood and anxiety disorders 
  • Access to lethal means
  • Divorce/Death of Spouse
  • Family Conflict
  • Acculturation (assimilation in white society)
  • Hopelessness
  • Racism and Discrimination 
  • Lack of access to mental health resources
  • Stigma inside community
  • Effective mental health care 
  • Connectedness to individuals, family, community, and social institutions 
  • Problem-solving skills 
  • Religion
  • Strong Black identity and connection to heritage and history

Strong positive ethnic identity

Today, as children around the world are growing up in a deadly pandemic, we are supporting frontline health workers and providing education and hygiene supplies to help 

Support from family members

Support from family members

Strong positive ethnic identity

Today, as children around the world are growing up in a deadly pandemic, we are supporting frontline health workers and providing education and hygiene supplies to help 

Community engagement

Community engagement

Reducing the stigma

Reducing the stigma

Access to culturally appropriate care

Access to culturally appropriate care

Self-care/Self-Love

Self-care/Self-Love

Addressing Mental health issues

Addressing Mental health issues

Strong positive ethnic identity

Today, as children around the world are growing up in a deadly pandemic, we are supporting frontline health workers and providing education and hygiene supplies to help 

Education about suicide and mental health

Education about suicide and mental health

HOW IT WORKS.

Factors as to why suicide is on the rise for Adults

The pressure to conform to an ideal or create an image. This can negatively affect a child’s self-worth, identity and sense of belonging.
The mental health stigma around seeking help
Cyber bullying
Racism and discrimination
Abuse