Study: Increase in Suicide Among Black Boys

Suicide among young Black boys is on the rise, according to a study released by JAMA Pediatrics.

Between 1993 and 2012, 657 children aged 5 to 11 died by suicide in America. That averages out to about 33 children per year, with 553 (84 percent) who were boys and 104 (16 percent) who were girls.

While there was no significant change to the overall suicide rate between 1993 to 1997 and 2008 to 2012, an examination of trends by race revealed that the stable overall rate was due to divergent trends in white and Black children.

Among white children, the suicide rate decreased significantly during the study period. But Black children saw a significant increase.

The study’s results mark the first time a national study found a higher suicide rate for Blacks than for whites of any group.

Researchers say the findings highlight a potential racial disparity that warrants attention. Youth suicide was the second leading cause of death in the United States in 2012 in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19. Very little is known about child suicide and researchers say that more studies are needed.

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