Lil Wayne Sparks Conversation About Suicide Among Black Youth

World Suicide Prevention Day is Friday, September 10. If you or someone you love is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255. Help is available. Your life matters.


When examining the socio-economical and cultural issues within the Black community, poor mental health is often an underlying root that creates a series of unfortunate events, illnesses, and even death.

Grammy-award-winning rapper Lil Wayne recently opened up in an interview about his suicidal attempt at the tender age of 12. Wayne expressed how his traumatic experiences in childhood, coupled with an unstable mind, led to him pulling the trigger almost ending his life.

His story is quite similar to many other youths and adults who struggle with mental health challenges within the Black community.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Black people are more predisposed to mental health illnesses than any other ethnic or racial group due to risk factors such as racism, higher unemployment rates, trauma, underdeveloped neighborhoods, poverty, and limited access to quality health care.

These are only a fraction of the Black community’s challenges, which relentlessly burdens their mental and overall health.

Suicide Rates Within The Black Community

There is no denying that suicide is happening at an alarming rate in Black youths. Finding a solution may not be easy, but underlining the leading causes is a good start.