Black Men Have Mental Health Issues.

Black Men Have Mental Health Issues.

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“Positive people.”

Since: Jun 08

north little rock arkansas

#1 Nov 4, 2008
Suicide in Black Men Overlooked
Nia Ngina Meeks, Philadelphia Tribune

The death of William Ganns shook not only his loved ones, but also his friends and classmates at Germantown High School.

Most described the 18-year-old senior as a happy, outgoing young man, set to fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer.

Why Ganns opted to end his life by hanging himself Monday in the school's auditorium goes without an answer as his family prepares to bury him next Tuesday.

Still, signals of suicide among young Black men such as Ganns often go undetected even by those closest to them, experts say.

Whereas Black females aged 15-19 are among the least likely to commit suicide (about three per 100,000) suicide rates for their male counterparts have risen to as high as six times that number in recent years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

"We say that girls get depressed and get emotional problems, and boys don't and can tough it out," said Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, the noted Harvard psychiatrist. "Statistics on suicide indicate that's absolutely not so."

Poussaint, associate dean for student affairs at Harvard Medical School, co-authored "Lay My Burden Down: Unraveling Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans" (Beacon, 2000).

Girls tend to gravitate toward friends, family, church or other social institutions, whereas boys increasingly seem isolated when mental anguish strikes.

To the best recollection of the family and friends of Ganns, he demonstrated few of the classic traits of a potential suicide victim.

A night student, he was scheduled to graduate next month, and he mentored other students as he prepared for college.

Six students found him hanging, unconscious, near the stage in the auditorium. Despite the efforts of a school nurse, doctors pronounced him dead shortly after he was transported to the hospital.

Alfonso Cannon of Cannon Funeral Home in North Philadelphia said his firm is donating its services to the family. The funeral will be held at New Covenant Church on Germantown Avenue.

"We have to look at all clues," Poussaint said. "It shouldn't just be a smile. That can be easily faked. Look at the totality of the behavior."

Anger, aggressiveness and impulsiveness, often deemed as normal, albeit undesirable, behavior for young Black men, can be as symptomatic as lethargy or loss of appetite when it comes to fatalism, Poussaint said.

Whereas at one time those elements pointed toward homicide, increasingly, they are manifesting in suicides.

Black men tend to use handguns to end their lives. Hanging is the second method of choice, said Donna Holland Barnes.

Mack the Great

Since: May 07

Fort Washington, MD

#2 Nov 4, 2008
Damn, that's fvcked up. What can we do to prevent this Denita? What factors do you think are responsible for black men committing suicide?

Norman, OK

#3 Thursday Oct 4
Actually he pretended to be a police officer cause he wanted to be one so bad and he was arrested and he was scared this would affect his chances of being a police officer so he took his own life.

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