The intersection of youth suicide, communities of color and prevention: Understanding the Connections 

Suicide is a public health issue that doesn’t discriminate. Suicide affects everyone however in communities of color there has been an increase in youth dying by suicide, attempting suicide, and struggling with suicidal ideations.  According to the CDC, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death amongst those ages 10-34.  They also report that adolescence/younger adults and racial/ethnic minorities, reported having experienced disproportionately worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and elevated suicidal ideation associated with COVID-19.  Suicide is preventable and we all play a role in saving lives.  Acknowledging that suicide impacts every demographic, we must also acknowledge that approaches to suicide prevention often do not. Prevention efforts need to respond better to the needs of communities of color to ensure their success.  This workshop will explore how these overlapping themes connect and ways to reimagine what effective prevention should look like.