Thanks for this. It's much needed, & beautifully done as well. I have a little different take on the spiritual (afterlife) aspect of suicide. I believe that God, w ho is far more compassionate than the patriarchal mentality realizes, welcomes such a soul into heaven with an extra-big, soothing, healing hug, knowing what it's been going through. You did a marvelous job of touching on the various aspects of the roots of suicide, which gives us a good starting place for solving gthe problem. One would be to end & reverse the cruel, counter-productive approach to school "reform" which has opened a school-to-prison pipeline, & deprived schools of the guidance counselors & social workers who ought to be dealing with student misbehavior instead of police. Another might be to start clubs in high schools which would nurture studentsfrom the black community who want to go into the healing professions, with peer support, adult encouragement, & help finding scholarships. "More black therapists" is a worthy goal, but doesn't help much if they are all people like Clarence Thomas or Barack Obama, who may mean well but didn't grow up in the black community & haven't a clue about the pressures on kids who are doing so.