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Black Teen Suicide Rate Has Doubled—Here Are 5 Ways to Help

“It’s so important for people of color to educate themselves on the prevalence of mental illness. We are not exempt. We are human.” On April 20, teen Mercedes Shaday Smith committed suicide following a long battle with depression. Two days later, after posting a video on Facebook expressing his torment over her death, Smith’s boyfriend, Markeice Brown, too, took his life.
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