The painful problem of Black girls and suicide

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14-year-old Nakia Venant allegedly broadcast her death on Facebook Live.

It is unthinkable, but happening. Little Black girls are killing themselves.

The causes include disproportionate exposure to violence and traumatic stress, aggressive school discipline, and depression, according to researchers and mental health experts.

Counselors and child advocates believe the disturbing trend can be reversed with love, commitment, and support services.

According to a 2015 study of trends by the Journal of the American Medical Association, children’s suicide rates have significantly doubled for Black children in the last two decades, and decreased for White children.

For Black youth (ages 10-19), the rate of male suicides (5.59 per 100,000) was three times higher than that of young Black females (1.87 per 100,000), according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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