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Lesson for the Day: “Why Are More Black Children Suicidal?” A search for answers. ‘


4. What data does the article reveal about the links between suicide and race, gender and sexuality? What is your reaction to the statistics included in the article?

5. What are the reasons why there has been a lack of research specifically addressing racial and ethnic differences in youth suicide ideas, plans or attempts?

6. According to Arielle Sheftall, senior researcher at the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, why is it important to talk about race and culture when talking about suicide?

seven. What do you think of the programs developed by Lisa Ellis, a high school counselor in Cleveland, and Michael A. Lindsey, executive director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University? Does your school have any programs or services for students to promote mental health and well-being?

Create an emotional wellness toolkit.

What tools and strategies do you have to feel better? Check it out Emotional well-being checklist of the National Institutes of Health. Here are the six strategies they recommend with links to ways to put them into practice:

In addition to the above strategies, here is another one:

  • Newspaper. Take a moment to register and answer this question: How are you, really? You can use this list of sentiment words as you try to name what you are feeling and write it down. Try to keep track of how you feel for several days or a week. What do you notice ? What brings you joy? What makes you feel good about your life? What feels bad or difficult? What change could you make to feel happier, more connected or more motivated?

After exploring the ideas above, design your own personalized emotional well-being toolkit to help you successfully manage life’s stresses and adapt to changes and difficult times. What strategies work best for you? And try to be as specific as possible, for example indicating which friends and family members you can contact, what sports or physical activities you can do to relieve stress, or your favorite places to walk in your house. piece.

Remember, however, that neither of these strategies is an alternative to seeking help in a crisis. If you are having thoughts of suicide and live in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

Additional teaching and learning opportunities

  • Find out more about the role of gender in suicide. Read this September article on rising suicide rates among black girls. What did the study information reveal? Why do researchers and psychologists think these numbers might increase? What do they think should be done? what you think?

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