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Interesting Reading:

Why are young Black Men Killing Themselves????

"Men show and feel depression in misunderstood ways



There are so many aspects of life that have improved and yet for many, particularly black men, life is hard. Life is unfair. But life also, is forever full of possibilities. The only thing that puts an end to reaching those possibilities is suicide. As someone once said, "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem".

Many people don't understand that suicide is not a rational solution by someone who carefully weighs the possibilities. Suicide, sometimes genetic, is a flaw in mood, that leaves a person out of control of his or her thinking. Their focus and understanding narrows to such a small space that suicide seems like the only option for getting away from the pain of despair, anger and hopelessness.

Suicidal thinking happens in stages. Often it is pushed along by alcohol or drugs. Often the person's resources are blocked by job loss, relationship loss, financial problems, overwhelming responsibilities and the lack of an objective person to talk to. Or the absence of compassionate support.

Between 1980 and 1995, there was a 233%% increase in suicide in black males from age 10 to age 14. In 2003, suicide was the third leading cause of death for African Americans. Those are years of puberty, teasing and boyish competitiveness. They are also the earliest years of self-awareness, the beginning of self-esteem, peer challenges and crossing the awkward bridge from "mommy and grandmommy's baby" to fitting into the definition of "manliness". Depending on how well this foundation is built, boys will go on to deal with a series of further evaluations.

They will be subject to grading by teachers, rejection by girls, approval of coaches, navigating house rules and maintaining the acceptance of their parents. If they get through this, they may find themselves in a game of Russian roulette with the police and neighborhood drug dealers and gang members. If they get past them on to college, they will then be resisting the tempation of the terrible three: Sex, Drugs and Money. Only the strong survive!

Underneath it all, poor diet and food sensitivities can render unsuspecting boys to suffer tremendous bouts of depression. It is likely that what is inherited in the genes are the food sensitivities and/or the inability to break down foods into the necessary nutrients of good brain functioning. Most guys are on the high protein, high fat, high processed carb diet and the brain is the last to get its needs met. The brain requires the right proportions of essential fatty [sign in to see URL] production of the hormones which regulate mood and sleep can be severely compromised. The brain is an organ which works in concert with the other organs in the body. What can cause a digestive problem can also cause the brain to malfunction, thereby affecting moods, thoughts and behaviors.

The suicidal are our neighbors, our friends, our brothers, nephews, cousins and daddies.

Johnathan X. Ramsey, in a 2010 article in [sign in to see URL], speaks of the suicide of a friend of his, Kelvin Smallwood: "Later today, I’m going to the service for my friend and will undoubtedly feel the loss there even deeper than I do now. More than anything, I and the many other people who he touched will be left with questions about how things could have been different and what we could have done to prevent such a senseless and painful loss. The questions will linger but so will the problem. The danger is real and apparent. I can only hope that we will all be more vigilant and willing to protect those who may not seem to be at risk. Our lives depend on it."


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