The last few months have tested all of us – particularly our kids. Our young people have endured school closures, the loss of employment in their families, and a strained ability to connect with teachers, loved ones, and friends. Our kids are stressed.

Black children and teens in particular have experienced acute trauma caused by disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 and repeated police violence playing out in communities across the country. The effect, researchers say, is a concerning public health crisis of suicide rates now rising faster among Black teens than their white peers.

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