Mental and Behavioral Health - African Americans
- Poverty level affects mental health status. African Americans living below the poverty level, as compared to those over twice the poverty level, are twice as likely to report psychological distress.
- In 2017, suicide was the second leading cause of death for African Americans, ages 15 to 24.1
- The death rate from suicide for African American men was more than four times greater than for African American women, in 2017.
- However, the overall suicide rate for African Americans is 60 percent lower than that of the non-Hispanic white population.
- African American females, grades 9-12, were 70 percent more likely to attempt suicide in 2017, as compared to non-Hispanic white females of the same age.
- A report from the U.S. Surgeon General found that from 1980 - 1995, the suicide rate among African Americans ages 10 to 14 increased 233 percent, as compared to 120 percent of non-Hispanic whites.2