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"Something is Happening Among our Black Girls”: Startling Research on Youth Suicide Prompts National


A first-of-its-kind study on Black youth suicide from Nationwide Children’s Hospital has drawn national attention to this growing problem and is now helping inform federal discussion about suicide prevention. The research, led by Arielle Sheftall, PhD, principal investigator in the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute, found that between 2003 and 2017:

  • Black youth experienced a significant upward trend in suicide

  • The suicide rate of Black girls increased 6.6% per year

  • Approximately 40% of the girls were 12 to 14 years old

The rise in suicide among Black girls was particularly alarming, and has drawn coverage from The New York Times, NPR, Scientific American and many other outlets.


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