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Conspiracy of Silence Pushes Rise in Black Suicides: Escalating Rates Point to Troubling Trend

Johnson, C. Denise The New Pittsburgh Courier (2006) Conspiracy of Silence Pushes Rise in Black Suicides: Escalating Rates Point to Troubling Trend. The New Pittsburgh Courier Online.

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Abstract

Not talking about it won’t make the problem go away. In fact, the continuing lack of acknowledgement and/or discussion about the incidence of suicide in the Black community is responsible for a disturbing trend. Alvin Poussaint, M.D., a Harvard psychiatrist, says the stigma is even stronger in the Black community. One problem, he says, is the stigma associated with depression itself. More than 60 percent of Black individuals don’t see depression as a mental illness, which makes it unlikely they will seek help for it.


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Uncontrolled Keywords: Minority, Health, Mental Health, Center for Minority Health, National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide, Blacks, African Americans, Hispanic, Non-Hispanic, white, stigma, suicide, drugs, addiction, risk behaviors, self-destructive behaviors
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    Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2011
    Last Modified: 08 Jul 2011 09:48
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/560

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