Black Suicide Rates Climb in USA

In Milwaukee County, black individuals had the highest suicide rate in 2022, according to data released by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. This follows a national trend that experts with the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

Factors Causing Black Suicide

There are three overwhelming reasons that blacks commit a higher rate of suicide.

Socioeconomic Barriers

About 10% of adult black males in Wisconsin do not have health insurance that covers mental health care. Even if a person has BadgerCare or Medicaid, they may have trouble finding a provider that will accept their coverage.


Especially with older black individuals, there is often a belief that having a mental health condition is a sign of weakness. Therefore, many put off getting help when it is available. Additionally, many rely on their house of faith or music to give them a mental boost. While both can be vital, seeking help is also necessary. A counsellor can set up a plan to incorporate things essential to you into your program.

Quality of Care

Historically, black individuals have received poorer health care than white individuals. This has caused a stigma where many in the community do not want to seek help. Additionally, black people are more likely to describe physical symptoms when seeking care. Therefore, medical doctors often miss diagnosing mental health conditions.

Questions to ask a Mental Health Care Provider

 Therefore, some clinics encourage doctors to ask black people to ask questions includingː
Have you treated other black people?
Have you completed cultural training?
How do you perceive my culture affecting my treatment?

Source: American behavioural clinics