Social Influencers of Health and Suicide in Black Youth


Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Black youth and the numbers of Black youth who have died by suicide have increased since 2009. What is contributing to this increase? How can we better support our Black youth? Join us for an engaging 4-part webinar series as we explore answers to these questions and discuss some of the social influencers and stressors that have been associated with increased suicide risk. In this introductory webinar, we will describe social influencers of health and their disproportionate impact on the social and emotional well-being of Black youth. We will also explore protective factors that foster strength, resilience, and radical healing in the Black community. Throughout the series, we will explore the role of masculinity and emotional expression in Black boys, discrimination and bias toward Black LGBTQ+ youth, and racial stress and trauma.



  • Identify at least three social influencers of health
  • Identify how social influencers of health contribute to increased suicide risk in Black youth
  • Identify at least three protective factors that can mitigate suicide risk in Black youth



Dana CunninghamDana Cunningham, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and Faculty Consultant at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Cunningham is the Program Director of the Prince George’s School Mental Health Initiative, which is a school-based mental health program designed to support the emotional and behavioral needs of students in special education. Dr. Cunningham is also the Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement in Black Mental Wellness. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and completed her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dr. Cunningham’s clinical and research interests include trauma, children of incarcerated parents, and increasing access to care for underserved youth.

Nicole CammackNicole Cammack, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC and in the state of Maryland. She received her bachelor’s degree from Howard University and her master's and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. Throughout her career, Dr. Cammack has focused on identifying ways to address the cultural and systemic issues that impact Black mental health and wellness. This passion led to the development of Black Mental Wellness, Corp. of which she is the President and CEO. 





Health and behavioral health professionals, school staff, community members and advocates, and family members of Black youth

Starts: Mar 1, 2023 12:00 pm
Ends: Mar 1, 2023 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
March 1, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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