July is minority mental health month

Minority mental health month is inclusive of ethnic groups as well as other marginalized populations such as the LGBTQ community. While it’s hard for any group of people to find good mental health care, it’s especially difficult for minority populations.

Lack of acceptance, prejudice or denial of mental illness in these communities can increase the risk of suicide. For this post, I’m focusing on suicide rates and attempts by minority populations. These are sobering statistics.

  • The suicide rate for African American children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 77% between 2006 and 2016 —Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • In 2017, research by Jeff Bridge, PhD and colleagues, found that among children, ages 5 to 11, and young adolescents, ages 12 to 14, those who took their own lives were more likely to be male, African American and dealing with stressful relationships at home or with friends- Source
  • LGBTQ youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth – Source, The Trevor Project
  • In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. Ninety two percent of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25 – Source, The Trevor Project

Racial and ethnic group links and suicide risk

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and my book, Diary of a Broken Mind, will be published in the fall. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website

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