Suicide and Special Populations

Available with English captions and subtitles in Spanish.

Presented by Tami Benton, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The rates of suicide and suicide attempts are much higher among minoritized youth than previously recognized. In this lecture, Benton outlines the most recent data and trends for this population, shares information on specific risk factors, and proposes changes in treatment approaches to protect young people.

Watch now to learn more about:

  • Trends in suicide behavior among minoritized populations
  • Disparities in treatment
  • Improving outcomes and encouraging treatment

Benton shares data showing higher rates of suicide attempts and injury among minority youth compared to white youth populations.

Although the picture is not entirely clear on why patterns and trends are different for minoritized youth, Benton says, research has shown that these young people tend to experience more adverse childhood experiences, have severe traumatic experiences, and experience multiple traumatic events. Minoritized youth are also affected by racism, an ongoing trauma.

Benton recommends that health care providers in primary care settings screen all youth 12 years of age and older for suicide risk. Clinicians should keep disparities in identification and treatment in mind when conducting screenings.

In addition, she says, clinicians can work with families who might be more resistant to engaging in care, and they can pay attention to family stressors and coping mechanisms. Clinicians should be trained to care for minoritized youth from a perspective of cultural humility. It is imperative to provide culturally appropriate care and to diversify research.