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Addressing Mental Health During This Economic Downturn

"We haven’t reached Depression era levels of unemployment, but a double-digit (nearly 16 percent) jobless rate in the black community coupled with an increasingly bleak economic outlook (we’ll see what plans President Obama and the Congress enact in September) is cause for major concern. Suicide is already the third leading cause of death for black men between the ages of 15 and 24(rates are lower in black women and black men are seven times more likely to commit suicide). With a rate of unemployment for black male teenagers up near 50 percent and what we know about the correlation between joblessness/poverty and depression/suicide, this is a potentially dangerous and deadly moment.”

From my Huffington Post blog on mental health concerns during economic down times. 

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