Suicide is an issue affecting people from all different cultures and backgrounds. But over the past few years, suicide rates have increased dramatically for black children and young adults between the ages of 10-24 years old.
For some time, mental health and suicide have been taboo in the black community, but with complex issues of racism, bullying, and generational trauma, Darryl Turpin, director of equity and cultural engagement for Lines for Life, a Portland suicide prevention agency, is trying to address the issue, by raising awareness about the unique reasons suicide is rising. This includes a lack of protective factors contributing to rising rates and the pressures of social media. Plus, Darryl reiterates that it will take the whole community being engaged in suicide prevention to help young people struggling with thoughts of suicide.
Lines for Life has a Racial Equity Support Line, where people who have a shared lived experience of being a minority are available for people in need.
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support you can reach out to:
Lines for Life Racial Equity Support Line: 503-575-3764
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255