The right direction for both Pastor Barnett and Simpson could be started on the court.
“That’s why for example kids get involved in sports and they loved the coaches because their coaches are telling them ‘hey this is what you’re doing right, this is what you’re doing wrong,’” said Pastor Barnett.
“Athletics can help a young boy or girl by giving them confidence in themselves. If they put a little work in something, a lot of work in something they can get very good at something,” said Simpson.
Dickens says family history of mental illness, exposure to violence and or trauma and access to weapons can be factors that can contribute to a child wanting to commit suicide.
The study also found Black boys rates of killing themselves by hanging or suffocation had increased, while the rate for white boys did not change.
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