Course Agenda

    1. Instructions

    1. Pretest Instructions

    2. Pretest

    1. Course Overview

    1. Introduction

    2. Print Posttest Study Guide

    3. Required Video: Growing Suicide Risk Among Black Youth (5:37 minutes)

    4. Required Publication: Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America

    5. Required Video: Preventing Black Adolescent Suicide (10:39 minutes)

    6. Optional Resources

    1. Posttest

    1. Evaluation

About this course

  • $18.00
  • 12 lessons

Course Details

Course Description

The content for this course is based on a short, web-based TED Talks video presentation and a written report (PDF) to Congress from the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health titled Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America (December 2019).

The report describes the growing crisis in the mental health and well-being of Black youth. The suicide death rate among Black youth is increasing faster than for any other racial/ethnic group of comparable age, with Black youth under 13 years being twice as likely to die by suicide as their White counterparts. Yet Black adolescents are significantly less likely to receive care for depression—a major risk factor for suicide—with pervasive structural inequities, social determinants of health, stigma, and mistrust of health care providers creating daunting barriers to treatment. The report provides recommendations and resources for professionals and families.

To complete the course, participants must view two short, web-based video presentations and read the Taskforce’s report to Congress before passing the online posttest with a score of 80% or better to print a certificate of completion.

Target Audience

This course is designed for social workers and other behavioral health practitioners seeking a better understanding of the crisis related to Black youth suicide in America.

Note: This course does not meet the California requirement for six hours of coursework/training related to “Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention.” View the California mandated six hours of Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, readers will be able to do the following:

  • Identify trends related to suicide in American youth, especially Black youth.
  • Identify recommendations for clinically addressing the trend in Black youth suicide.
  • Identify recommendations regarding community-informed strategies for use by professionals and families.

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