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Suicide attempts among Black teens have increased within the past two decades, according to a new study published this week

According to an article published by the journal Pediatrics, the study found that from 1991-2017 self-reported suicide attempts have decreased for all of America’s youth expect African-Africans. In fact, the number of black children that attempted to take their life went up by 73% during this time span. There was also a spike in black boys who have injured themselves while attempting suicide.

According to the CDC, suicide is listed as the second leading cause of death among youths aged 15-19.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), text “home” to the Crisis Text Line (741-741), or go to

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