Suicide Rate for Black Children Doubles


black-livesResearchers were shocked to find that suicide rates among black children between ages 5 to 11 have almost doubled in 25 years, while the rate for white kids has plummeted.

A new study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found for the first time a higher suicide rate for blacks than for whites.

“I was shocked, I’ll be honest with you,” said Jeffrey Bridge, at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio. “I looked at it and I thought, ‘Did we do the analysis correctly?’ I thought we had made a mistake.” Read more at The New York Times.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. Why does the “newspaper of record” only find it newsworthy to print this story when the black suicide rate is higher than the white suicide rate and not during all of the years when it was the other way around?

  2. The NYT has printed stories on suicide in the past, and they have paid particular attention to child and teen suicides. This is a new study. When a new study is announced, it gets published. Studies that were done two years ago got published two years ago. And so forth. Try doing an archive search in the NYT archive and see what you come up with, then complain.