A new study led by Jeffrey Bridge, a professor pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine has found a sharp rise in suicides among young Blacks ages 5 to 11.
The study found that over the past 20 years, the overall suicide rate in this age group remained stable. However, this finding of a stable suicide rate obscured a significant increase in suicide incidence in Black children and a significant decrease among White children.The suicide rate among young Blacks nearly doubled during the period.
The research, “Suicide Trends Among Elementary School-Aged Children in the United States From 1993 to 2012,” was published on the website of the journal JAMA Pediatrics. It may be accessed here.