A new study shows that suicide attempts among black children and teens are rising faster than other groups.
Listen to Real Men Feel, #152, “Suicide Risk Factors with Dr. Lulu” here:
Dr. Uchenna Umeh or “Dr. Lulu” as she is fondly known by her patients is a board-certified Pediatrician, Teen Expert and National Keynote Speaker with nearly three decades of clinical experience. As a Momatrician, author, speaker, activist, and podcaster Dr. Lulu, joins us to talk about depression, suicide, stigma, and the challenges African American men and boys face.
“We don’t need to have a mental illness to be suicidal.” ~ Dr. Lulu
Dr. Lulu is a doctor like no other I’ve met. She quit a lucrative position because she wanted the time to speak at schools about suicide prevention, and she opened a new medical practice focusing on at-risk youth. She limits herself to six patients a day and sees them for 90-minute appointments, not 9-minutes like most doctors I’ve experienced.
She shares from her heart the fear she has for her children and for all African American children. This was a very moving episode of Real Men Feel to be a part of.
If you are contemplating suicide, please reach out for help. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text to 741741. Outside of the US, get more numbers here.
Topics and Questions Include:
- (2:00) The importance of talking about suicide.
- (3:15) Talking to the right person.
- (4:30) Crisis text line: 741741
- (5:55) Dr. Lulu’s period of suicidal ideation.
- (8:50) You can be suicidal without having any mental illness.
- (10:20) The biggest risk factors for suicide.
- (12:50) Temporary pain triggering a permanent escape.
- (15:05) The highest risk factor for suicide completion.
- (16:30) What prompted the creation of your podcast; Suicide Pages with Dr. Lulu?
- (21:51) As a physician, are you seeing a rise in depression and/or suicide attempts?
- (23:39) You have a specific focus for your practice – what is that?
- (24:56) You refer to yourself as a Momatrician — what do you mean by that?
- (25:42) Are the risks of suicide greater for African Americans?
- (28:16) African American males taught to believe that they don’t feel pain.
- (31:18) Shame and stigma around suicide.
- (32:45) How we are creating angry men.
- (34:07) Trayvon Martin is a part of Dr. Lulu’s household.
- (36:12) Black children being seen as threats.
- (40:50) Do your boys have the concerns and fears that you do?
- (43:58) Andy’s experience visiting Africa.
- (52:05) Are things getting better or worse?
- (55:16) What can someone do if they are feeling suicidal?
- (57:46) The bravest thing anyone can do.
- (59:01) What can someone who has a friend or family member who is suicidal do for them?
Watch Real Men Feel, #152, Suicide Risk Factors with Dr. Lulu, October 15, 2019
“It is okay to not be okay, but it not okay to stay that way.” ~ Dr. Lulu
Connect with Dr. Lulu on Facebook and at TeenAlive.com.
Read her newest book, A Teen’s Life: Looking at Teen’s Lives Through Their Daily Struggles. As well as, How to Raise Well-Rounded Children.
Visit her poetry blog Words by Black Butterfly.
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