Walker’s Legacy recognizes the month of September as National Suicide Prevention Month. National Suicide Prevention Month is an annual month-long campaign to raise awareness about suicide prevention, reduce stigma around the topic, and encourage those in need to utilize available resources.
Mental health is often seen as a taboo topic of conversation within minority communities. This can lead to high rates of suicide within women of color.
As of 2017, Black women are 70% more likely to commit suicide. Hispanic women are 40% more likely, Asain women are 30%, and Native American women have the highest suicide rate that has increased 139% over the years.
Minority women face unique hardships due to their race, ethnicity, and gender. Many times women of color put on a brave face in fear of appearing vulnerable due to the inequalities they are already facing from hypersexualization, wage gap, unequal medical and professional attention, and so on. However, since many women of color do not seek treatment for mental health issues it is unknown how many actually have mental health and suicidal thoughts. Although, it is important that we go beyond acknowledging suicide awareness month and mental health stigmas. In May 2020, Walker’s Legacy hosted a Mental Health Summit with the intent to aid multicultural women with the tools necessary to break the stigma and get help. Providing women of color the resources doesn’t just help the individual, but it also strengthens a family, community, and workplace.
The most important thing to remember this month is that if you are experiencing these thoughts and feelings, please know that you are not alone. Seeking help or reaching out to a trusted loved one is not a weakness, but rather an opportunity to empower oneself for positive life changes. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Suicide Prevention Resources For Women of Color