This week will mark the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder by the recently convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. And, Floyd’s death was followed by several high-profile acts of racism linked to trauma and measurable PTSD in communities of color. What role has the seemingly never-ending racial trauma played in the uptick of suicidal deaths among young African Americans? And shockingly, why are some mental health specialists surprised the rate of suicides isn’t higher?

Dahyana Schlosser — Boston-based child and family therapist
Dr. Rheeda Walker — professor at the University of Houston Department of Psychology, author of “The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health”
Joseph Feaster Jr. — suicide loss survivor, council member at Samaritans, executive committee member at the National Association of Mental Health Boston

If you or a loved one is considering suicide, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.