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Community Organizations Join at CSM to Raise Awareness, Address Crisis of Suicide Amongst Black Youth

Ivy and Pearls of Southern Maryland Community Charities, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Zeta Omega Chapter, held an important event titled Give Hope: Addressing the Crisis of Suicide Amongst Black Youth at the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) La Plata Campus last week to raise awareness and address the alarming suicide rates among Black youth. CSM Dr. Yolanda Wilson welcomed attendees to the Dec. 9 event with opening remarks that highlighted unsettling statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office. In 2020, suicide was declared the third leading cause of death for Blacks ages 15-24. Wilson emphasized that the death rate for suicide among Black men is four times greater than that for Black women. Drawing attention to a report by the American Association of Medical Colleges, she highlighted the alarming increase in suicide rates among Black youth in the United States from 2018 to 2021. “Prevention starts with getting rid of the stigma around the subject,” Wilson urged the audience. “We must dig deep into our collective hearts and intellectual capital to provide our Black youth with the tools, resources, and support systems they desperately need to understand their supreme worth on this […]

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