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Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey on Tuesday introduced legislation to combat rising suicide rates among black youth. The Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act of 2019 proposes over a billion dollars be used to address the suicide rate among black youth, which is increasing faster than among any other racial and ethnic group.
“There’s over a billion dollars in that legislation addressing different aspects of the gap we have found in service tools and research that we think are very important in addressing what we consider a very critical situation we have with black mental health and youth suicide in this country at this time,” Watson Coleman tells CBS News.
The article goes on to state the following:
Data from the Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows suicide attempts by black adolescents rose by 73% between 1991-2017, while the rate of injury by attempt rose by 122% for black adolescent boys during that same time period.
$650 million would go to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), $100 million would be for community outreach, $250 million will be used for “culturally competent” mental health services in schools, the rest would be used to develop culturally competent curricula.
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