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President of the Association of Black Psychologists San Diego Chapter shares thoughts on Black youth suicide

Dr. Monica Hinton stands in front of a playground in this undated photo.
Courtesy of Dr. Monica Hinton
Dr. Monica Hinton stands in front of a playground in this undated photo.

One often overlooked part of the conversation around rising rates of suicide in this country is how youth are impacted, and in particular how Black youth are impacted.

A recent report from Children Now, a California nonprofit, shows that the suicide rate for Black youth and young adults ages 10-24 has doubled since 2014, while rates among other groups have remained the same.

San Diego Access and Crisis Line: (888) 724-7240

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255; Spanish: 1-888-628-9454

"We are seeing more youth being bullied because of their ethnicity with racial statements and name calling and a lot of it is happening in the classroom," said Dr. Monica Hinton, president of the San Diego chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists.


She says therapists and psychologists need to be culturally competent enough to address those stressors along with intergenerational trauma when treating patients.

Related: US Surgeon General issues public health advisory on youth mental health crisis

Hinton joined Midday Edition to talk about available resources and solutions to the rise in suicides among Black youth and young adults.

For immediate help you can call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.