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Webinar: Responding to the Alarm: Addressing Black Youth Suicide


April 21, 2020



On April 21, the Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity, in collaboration with the Office of Behavioral Health Equity at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, hosted an interactive roundtable webinar with experts on black youth suicide in America.

The webinar featured the co-authors of Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America , a report from the Congressional Black Caucus’s Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health.

Panelists discussed:

  • The latest trends and prevalence of suicide and suicide-related behaviors among black children and youth;
  • Common risk and protective factors that are most salient for this population;
  • Perspectives on this crisis and ways to identify black children and youth who are at risk for suicide; and
  • Thoughts on how to best engage this population and provide them with developmentally and culturally appropriate support and care.


Rhonda C. Boyd, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Michael Lindsey, Ph.D., MSW, MPH,
Executive Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies

Arielle Sheftall, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Jason Wilson
Founder and CEO of The Yunion, Inc.


Read the transcript.