African Americans and the increasing rates of suicide | Chicago Citizens Newspaper

African Americans and the increasing rates of suicide


The suicide rate of black boys is increasing. While this may not come as a shocking surprise, the factors contributing to suicide are complex.

The recent suicides of Kate Spade, iconic fashion designer, and Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and television personality, have sparked a national discussion, especially in the African American community.

The statistics are startling. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) reports the following:

  • On average, there are 123 suicides per day.

  • Men are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than women.

  • Each year, 44,965 Americans die by suicide.

  • In 2016, the highest U.S. suicide rate was (15.17) among whites and (6.03) among blacks.

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