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Home Study: Fall Summit 2021-01 - Suicide Prevention for the Black Community 

04-04-2022 14:16

**Previously Recorded on 11/01/2021 - Not a Live Event**

Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has shown that suicide rates and attempts for Black people have be increasing in the last decade. This trend has even impacted youth. Young Black children have the highest rate of youth suicides between the ages of 5-12. This rate has been increasing over the last 15 years while the suicide rate of white children in this age range has been decreasing. This data complements data found in the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS) where suicide attempts among Black adolescents significantly increased in the last few years. During the pandemic months, some places, including Maryland and Chicago, are reporting increases in suicides among Black adults. This workshop will discuss the emerging data and its implications for suicide prevention strategies, culturally-specific risk and protective factors, and ways to increase identification and create equitable solutions.

Brandon J. Johnson, M.H.S. is a tireless advocate for positive mental health and suicide prevention services for youth and adults across the country. Brandon earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Morgan State University in 2008 and a Master of Health Science Degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2012. Currently, he serves as a Public Health Advisor at the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the Suicide Prevention Branch at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, Brandon serves as a Government Project Officer (GPO) for various suicide prevention grant programs that respectively target youth, adults, and health care systems. Brandon is also the GPO for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) which provides suicide-specific materials, webinars, and training to organizations and communities all over the country working to prevent suicides.


AMHCA will provide 1.0 CE total after viewing and completing the accompanying quiz with a passing grade (80% or higher). American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.


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