Suicidal Behaviour Among Black Males Differ from Recognized Behaviour in Other High Risk Groups: A Review



Suicidal behaviour among Black males that end in death is not considered suicides, leaving the rate of suicides among this population relatively low. This can be detrimental to this group if efforts towards suicide prevention are ignored due to the low rates. The efforts towards prevention tend to follow the media such as military suicides, suicides due to bullying, and suicides among LGBTQ. Often times, these suicides among the aforementioned populations are based on antidotes. Do corners actually record whether a suicide victim was gay? Not usually. Therefore, the indication that the suicides are high in that population is based on antidotes and reports on attempts. The same goes to those suicides in which the parents report that the child was being bullied which is largely based on antidotes. This chapter will discuss the efforts for suicide prevention in these populations and how the efforts for prevention in the Black communities are lacking. Black communities have very high rates of homicide and drug overdoses and many times those deaths are actually suicides. It is easy to put oneself in harm’s way when wanting to end your life, or overdose on drugs. These types of deaths are recorded as homicides and accidental overdoses, respectively. What is missing in the literature are efforts for suicide prevention in high-risk communities that are not recorded as actual suicides and many times that is the case.


Black males High risk groups Violent death Suicide prevention Death certificate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Suicide Prevention Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural SciencesHoward UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.National Organization for People of Color Against SuicideWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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