From Don Cornelius To Lee Thompson Young: Why Black Men Are Killing Themselves

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  • Lee Thompson YoungFrom mental health issues to chronic health illnesses, there is a growing stream of black men choosing to end their own lives.

    Why?

    Read: Don Cornelius Death Ruled A Suicide

    One of the most prevalent views within the African-American community is that we do not intentionally kill ourselves.  That suicide is something only white people or spiritually-weak people do.  That suicide is a cop-out, and that to even consider it is a “punk move”.  However, these apparent suicides and clinical research clearly indicate that African-Americans do commit suicide.

    READ: Lee Thompson Young Commits Suicide

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    The Sad (And Real) Facts On Black Suicide

    According to the American Association of Suicidology, in 2005, 1,992 suicides were completed by African-Americans and that suicide was the third leading cause of death among African-American youth.  The Centers for Disease Control reported that between 1999 and 2004, young African-American males had the highest rate of suicide.  This latter finding is consistent with research that males are more likely to complete suicides whereas females are more likely to attempt suicide.

    READ: Black Suicide: The Truth Behind The Stigma

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