You matter, and here's why.
No matter how it feels, no matter the circumstances and no matter what you are going through, you are loved.
Do you feel as if your life does not matter or you are a burden on your loved ones? Have you had suicidal thoughts?
According to the “Ring the Alarm: the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America,” report, self-reported suicide attempts rose by 73% between 1991-2017 for Black high school students who took the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, while injuries by attempt rose by 122% for Black adolescent males. This information indicates that suicide was the second leading cause of death and in 2017.
We can no longer turn a blind eye to mental health challenges and suicide. Life is better with you here and we want to help you.
Are you aware that your family, friends and loved ones could be suffering around you without ever showing it?
Protective factors are characteristics that help to adapt to different levels of hardship. Studies show protective factors in Black adolescents buffer against suicidal thoughts and attempts.
One way to describe protective factors against suicide for Black youth is to categorize them into five areas:
Strong family support and relationships
Religious and spiritual engagement
Community and social support
Personal factors like positive self-esteem, emotional well-being or strong academic performance)
Factors such as stable family housing, income and employment.
Call 1-800-273-8255 if you need immediate help.
According to the NIH, 16% of African
American males between ages 15-23 will die by suicide. That number is rapidly rising.
Text "4HOPE" to 741741 for help
In 2012, Chris was facing legal troubles, hadn't received an opportunity to get his career started and wasn't making enough money to support himself. He figured things would be easier if he wasn't here.
"I happened to be in church one time and they were talking about depression and on the Jumbotron, they had signs of depression and I’m sitting in church thinking to myself, “Am I depressed?” Because those symptoms, I had experienced. What I was going through, was already difficult enough to deal with so I started thinking that I couldn’t get over the hurdle…”
Watch Chris share his story of triumph and strength.
You are not alone.
Meet more black men who get it and have been where you are.
There is hope in help.
One missing connection could lead to suicide.
Checking on your friends on social media is one thing but sending a quick text or making a quick phone call could save a life. Strong meaningful and positive relationships with others can protect and prevent against suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Think about the feeling you get when you connect with your friends - it’s a good feeling and good vibes. Connectedness between individuals can lead to increased frequency of social contact, lowered levels of social isolation or loneliness. These interactions between families, friends and community are important and can increase feelings of belonging which strengthen a sense of identity and personal worth. Ultimately, this provides the support that we all need! So make that call you've been putting off.
Common warning signs:
Saying direct phrases like, "I don't want to live anymore."
Saying indirect phrases like, "I won't be around much longer."
Acquiring a gun
Situations such as bullying or major change to daily life.
Drug or alcohol abuse
Unexplained anger, aggression and irritability.
and other situational, behavioral and verbal signs.