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Suicide & Black Americans: Statistics, Faith, & Contextual Competence

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Suicide & Black Americans: Statistics, Faith, & Contextual Competence

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, with September 10th being World Suicide Prevention Day, and PsychU will be joining the awareness efforts. Mental health challenges exist across racial/ethnic and cultural lines, impacting individuals from all walks of life. Unfortunately, these challenges impact communities disproportionally.  Specifically, it’s noted that suicide and suicidal ideations are common among Black Americans. Now is a critical time to address the mental health and wellness of our Black community. During this webinar Dr.’s Jonathan Singer and Sherry Molock will provide an overview of the suicide statistics and mental health in the Black community. They will then discuss the risks, protective factors, and barriers to mental wellness. Lastly, the speakers will provide approaches to suicide prevention and intervention strategies. Join in on this discussion and #BeThe1To help spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the
Suicide Prevention Hotline / Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741


  • Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW

    Esteemed author and scholar, with expertise in suicide prevention and social worker. He serves as Professor at Loyola University’s School of Social Work, is an emeritus president of the Association of Suicidology, founder & host of the Social Work podcast, as well as PsychU speaker & collaborator.

  • Sherry Molock, PhD, M.Div.

    Associate Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, The George Washington University

  • Amica Simmons-Yon, PharmD, PhD (OPDC)

    Senior Medical Science Liaison, Neuroscience Field Medical Affairs

Dr. Jonathan Singer and Dr. Sherry Molock are paid consultants of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. Dr. Amica Simmons-Yon is an employee of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW
Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Singer has had a long-standing interest in the role of technology in social work practice. He is the founder and host of the award-winning Social Work Podcast (www.socialworkpodcast.com), the first podcast by and for social workers. Dr. Singer is interested in the interpersonal mechanisms that protect against or contribute to youth suicidal risk within families; how and why parents access services for their suicidal children; and how to improve school responsiveness to youth suicide crises. Dr. Singer is a well-regarded, international speaker and his research has been featured in national and international media outlets. In the past, he served as the President of the American Association of Suicidology.

Sherry Molock, PhD, M.Div.
Sherry Davis Molock, PhD, M.Div., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at The George Washington University in Washington, DC (https://psychology.columbian.gwu.edu/sherry-molock). She is an expert with over 20 years of experience researching, educating, and providing prevention strategies for suicide risk among the African & Black American communities. Dr. Molock currently teaches undergraduate and doctoral courses in the field of clinical psychology and conducts research on the prevention of suicide and HIV in African American adolescents and young adults. In addition, Dr. Molock is a founding pastor of the Beloved Community Church – United Church in Christ in Accokeek, Maryland where her ministry focuses on “family healing”.

Amica Simmons-Yon, PharmD, PhD
Medical Science Liaison, Field Medical Affairs
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.


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