The Matter of Black Lives: Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,8
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand risk and protective factors related to suicide among Black youth.
  2. identify clinical presentations of suicidal behaviors unique to Black cultural groups.
  3. integrate culturally responsive practices and suicide prevention/intervention.
  4. adapt approaches utilizing a resiliency and strengths-based framework to assess and intervene in suicidal behavior among Black and minoritized youth.


Acts of suicide are on the rise among Black youth at an alarming rate. Presenters will provide an empirical review of the etiology and protective factors related to suicidal behaviors among Black youth. As schools and school psychologists are often the primary care providers for youth's mental health services, emphasis will be placed on understanding culturally responsive approaches to suicide prevention and intervention with Black and minoritized youth in a school setting.



Krystal Simmons, Texas A&M University
Denika Y. Douglas, Texas Southern University
Melanie R. Almaguer, Texas A&M University
Mary I. McCullough, Schmalz Elementary


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