Anyone can experience suicidal thoughts – no matter age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, or cultural background – yet some populations are more at risk than others. The Black and African American community is particularly at a higher risk, and the suicide rate has continued to increase when the rate for other populations has declined or remained the same.
To address suicide in the Black and African American community, the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation has launched the Life is Better with You Here campaign, which creates spaces for Black individuals to come together and find support.
Only one in three Black adults who need mental health care receive it.
From 2019 to 2020, the suicide rate for Black male Ohioans increased 8 percent.
From 2019 to 2020, the suicide rate for Black Ohioan females increased 14 percent.
The rate of suicide among Black children under the age of 13 is two times higher compared to white peers.
Prior suicide attempts
History of mental illness
Serious illness like chronic pain
Legal or financial problems
Stigma within the community
Racism and discrimination
Exposure to racism in the media
Racial bias from medical professionals
Life Is Better With You Here (LIBWYH) is a campaign whose sole focus is to provide resources, support, and love for the Black community who suffer from mental health disorders or suicidal ideation – for those who feel the burden of racism, discrimination, gun violence, poverty, poor school systems, and the absence of adequate mental health resources and want to give up.