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From Junior Seau To Don Cornelius: The Black Suicide Stigma

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Junior Seau being inducted into the Hall of Fame prior to his suicideIt was recently reported that ex-NFL player Junior Seau and Soul Train legend Don Cornelius’ deaths were the result of suicide.  While the cause of Seau’s suicide are unknown at this time, media reports have suggested that Mr. Cornelius took his own life due to severe pain as a result of chronic health illnesses.

Read: Don Cornelius Death Ruled A Suicide

One of the most prevalent views within the African-American community is that we do not intentionally kill ourselves.  That suicide is something only white people or spiritually-weak people do.  That suicide is a cop-out, and that to even consider it is a “punk move”.  However, these apparent suicides and clinical research clearly indicate that African-Americans do commit suicide.

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The Sad (And Real) Facts On Black Suicide

According to the American Association of Suicidology, in 2005, 1,992 suicides were completed by African-Americans and that suicide was the third leading cause of death among African-American youth.  The Centers for Disease Control reported that between 1999 and 2004, young African-American males had the highest rate of suicide.  This latter finding is consistent with research that males are more likely to complete suicides whereas females are more likely to attempt suicide.

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