Causes Of Suicide In African Americans

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The stigma of suicide and depression is a growing epidemic in minority groups, while prevalent in this population it is often considered a taboo subject. Contributing to this stigma are controversial cultural beliefs, and as a result, a widespread of African Americans falsely believe that suicide is not a problem within their community and are unconscious that rates of suicidal behavior for African Americans are on the rise. According to Minnesota Department of Health (2016), a belief within the African American community that serves as a risk factor is distrust in the mental health care system. Depression is the psychiatric diagnostic most frequently associated with suicide. “Suicidal people are often in life circumstances that …show more content…

Generally, people who are diagnosed with specific psychological disorders are at higher risk of suicide and statistics show that nine out of ten people who commit suicide were suffering with a mental disorder. Psychological risk factors can be associated with an individual’s psychiatric disorders, with their environmental factors, or both. (Larson, Lutes, Orgera, & Suplick Benton). The main suicide risk factors are hostile life events and a lack of mental health care treatment. The American Association of Suicidology states that if depression is left untreated it can lead to comorbid (occurring at the same time) mental disorders, recurrent episodes and higher rates of …show more content…

The low numbers in reported psychiatric disorders may have lead to differences in reporting of African American with psychological disorders but this is only a theory. “Psychiatric disorders can manifest as violent and impulsive behaviors, which can lead to suicidal tendencies. African Americans also report psychotherapy to be a less acceptable treatment option.” (Larson, Lutes, Orgera, & Suplick Benton). Researchers also found that compared to the Caucasian Population African Americans, who perceived a need for mental health care, were significantly less likely to receive care compared to Caucasians. Scholars define psychological suicide risk factors as hopelessness, social isolation, and ineffectiveness. Hopelessness often includes when an individual does not feel as if they have any future outcomes and goals. Feelings of hopelessness can then lead to social isolation. Social isolation is when a person has an absence of interpersonal relationships. Ineffectiveness is stemmed from burdensomeness which is one’s state of mind that they feel they are a burden to their family and to

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