Call to Action: Addressing the Black Youth Suicide Crisis
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Expires on Mar 25, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

In recent years, studies have shown a significant increase in the number of deaths by suicide among African American youth. Although research has demonstrated climbing suicide rates for other racial groups, the trend in Black youth deviates from historical data. These findings indicate that this is an emerging issue within African American youth and warrants a call for action. This course will assess the growing crisis of Black youth suicide. Learners will be able to collect culturally appropriate evidence-based interventions for black youth mental health


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity.

This presentation was recorded on March 17, 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe shifting trends for suicide among African American youth.
  • Identify suicide risk factors in Black youth.
  • Discuss existing evidence for prevention and implement interventions for African American youth. 

Target Audience

Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Medical students and other mental health professionals 

Instructional Level


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: March 25, 2022 
Program End Date: March 25, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.  

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity. 


  • Tami D. Benton, MD, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Executive Director and Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was recently elected President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). Dr. Benton has dedicated her career to helping children in their mental health struggles, especially those in underserved communities. Dr. Benton has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  


  • Gabriel Escontrias, Jr, Ed.D, Health Equity Director, American Psychiatric Association, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
  • Ebony Harris, M.S., Senior Instructional Designer, American Psychiatric Association, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  

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Technical Requirements

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  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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