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Dr. Sean Joe, Dr. Sonyia Richardson featured on Science Friday

The article titled “Pandemic Unveils Growing Suicide Crisis For Communities Of Color” quoted Dr. Sean Joe and Researcher Resiliency Training Fellow Dr. Sonyia Richardson.

“COVID created more transparency regarding what we already knew was happening,” said Sonyia Richardson, a licensed clinical social worker who focuses on serving people of color and an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where she researches suicide. When you put the suicide rates of all communities in one bucket, “that bucket says it’s getting better and what we’re doing is working,” she said. “But that’s not the case for communities of color.”

“We’re losing generations,” said Sean Joe, a national expert on Black suicide and a professor at Washington University in St. Louis. “We have to pay attention now because if you’re out of the first decade of life and think life is not worth pursuing, that’s a signal to say something is going really wrong.”

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