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Talking about mental health is not easy. Many people bottle their feelings deep inside until it’s forgotten, which can lead to problems within the self and relationships. 

Public health officials see this in the rising rates of suicide in Black youth. A study from the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) looking at Black youth suicide and the current trends and precipitating circumstances that are causing it found that from 2003 to 2017, Black youth experienced a signifcant upward trend in suicide. Mental health problems, relationship problems, interpersonal trauma, life stressors, and prior suicidal thoughts and behaviors were the most common characteristics and circumstances.

Mental health is so important because it’s “unseen” compared to physical health. If someone breaks their arm, it’s very apparent. Mental health often produces no physical symptoms. The average person is not trained to know or recognize the many symptoms that are present before or during a mental health episode. Untreated physical and mental health conditions can become very pervasive and prevalent over time.

Read the full story at The Observer – Sacramento | Health.


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