NNED Virtual Roundtable: Creating Supportive Systems to Improve Mental Health Outcomes for Young African American Boys

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in collaboration with the HHS/Office of Minority Health, hosted a NNED Virtual Roundtable, Creating Supportive Systems to Improve Mental Health Outcomes for Young African American Boys: An Urgent Conversation, to increase awareness about the mental health needs and vulnerabilities of African American boys and about culturally appropriate mental health promotion and early intervention strategies.  The discussion features emerging data on the age-related disparities in mental health outcomes for African American boys and related policy and practice implications.

While childhood suicide is rare, a recent analysis concluded that “among children aged 5 to 12 years, black children had a significantly higher incidence of suicide than white children.” (Bridge, et al., 2018) As part of a call for action, the Virtual Roundtable features national experts discussing cross-system approaches for developing workforce and community service capacity to address the negative mental health trend for African American boys.  Panelists also share ways emerging data is influencing work in early childhood settings, family and community systems, policy, and research.

Population of focus: Young people, African American boys

Links to resource:

Learn more about the roundtable and panelists

View the recording of the Virtual Roundtable!

There will be a follow-up conversation on September 28 at 11:00 am EST

Resources related to young African American boys:

General Suicide Prevention Resources

Behavioral and Mental Health in Children and Youth

Other diverse population resources:

Date: 2018

Panelist contact information:

*Resources or materials mentioned during the NNED Virtual Roundtable