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Webinar: Dying to ask for help: Suicide trends and treatment disparities among U.S. adolescents

The suicide rates for Black children ages 5 to 11 has exceeded that of any other ethnic group, according to new research by Dr. Michael Lindsey. He will present this data along with the disparate health outcomes between Blacks and Whites tied to socioeconomic issues, poverty, nutrition, violence, and racism. This webinar will review signs and symptoms of depression, suicide and anxiety in Black children. It will also explore the importance of access to care, particularly school mental health services, as well as preventive measures.

Presenter: Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH, is the Executive Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University (NYU), the Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at NYU Silver School of Social Work, and an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow. He also leads a university-wide initiative to reduce inequality. In this role, he leads a team of researchers, clinicians, social workers and other professionals who are committed to creating new knowledge about the root causes of poverty, developing evidence-based interventions to address its consequences, and rapidly translating their findings into action through policy and best practices. Previously, He was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate at the UMD Department of Psychiatry’s Center for School Mental Health. Dr. Lindsey also leads the working group of experts supporting the Congressional Black Caucus’ Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health. Dr. Lindsey holds a PhD in social work and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh, an MSW from Howard University, and a BA in sociology from Morehouse College. Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the prevalence rates of child and adolescent suicide in the U.S.
  • Examine the prevalence rates regarding mental health treatment among U.S. children and adolescents, including some of the antecedent reasons.
  • Examine the implications for policy-level interventions, research, and practice solutions to combat this epidemic.
Date and Time: 
March 3, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm