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New UGA study shows high prevalence of suicidal thoughts in rural Black men

A University of Georgia study highlights the high prevalence of suicidal thoughts among rural Black men, with childhood adversity and racism posing significant risks. Findings reveal one in three rural Black men reported recent thoughts of death. Suicide ranks as the second leading cause of death for African Americans aged 15 to 24.

Researchers followed over 500 African American men from age 15 to 24 in rural Georgia, linking childhood trauma and racism to later mental health challenges. The study found that this adversity makes it hard to form trusting relationships, leading to isolation. The research also emphasized addressing racism's mental health impact.

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