Black Suicide

April 1, 2009

Black Suicide: The Tragic Reality of America's Deadliest Secret

by Alton R. Kirk

​​People have begun to recognize that suicide is a major problem for the African-American community. Suicide within this population exists in greater numbers and for a longer period than many people realize, declares Dr. Alton R. Kirk. In this study, he discusses several theories about suicide. Then, he examines social, economic, religious, political, psychological, and racial forces that contribute to suicide.


In his chapter on survivors -- those left behind after a suicide -- people describe how the suicide of their loved ones has affected their lives, destroyed their dreams, and left them in a state of turmoil and pain.


Finally, in Black Suicide, Dr. Kirk recommends ways to help reduce the number of suicides and detect behaviors that are destructive to people.



- adapted and revised from publisher


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