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Why Are More Black Children Taking Their Own Lives?03:56

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The study "Suicide Trends Among Elementary School Aged Children in the United States," published in this week's JAMA Pediatrics, shows that the suicide rate among young black children has nearly doubled over the last two decades.

Donna Holland Barnes, executive director of the National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide and associate professor in the psychiatry department at Howard University, spoke with Here & Now's Robin Young about why she thinks this increase is happening and what can be done to address it.

Resources: You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or find other services through the National Alliance on Mental Illness.


This segment aired on May 21, 2015.


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