Black People Die By Suicide Too (BPDBST) is dedicated to normalizing the conversation about suicide in the Black community. BPDBST provides education and resources that instill hope in Black people suffering from mental health conditions. Our vision is to end suicide in the Black community.
The podcast, initially a modest venture, has evolved into an organization due to immense support. BPDBST is addressing the pressing issue of suicide among Black individuals and the podcast is an integral extension of its mission.
As a committee member, you will donate at least 15 to 20 hours per month to support the mission and required to commit at least one year.
Because of the generous support of our Sponsors Ubuntu Healing Collective and Black Women’s Mental Health Institute, we can offer free groups for a limited time. We encourage you to take advantage of this resource.
Join our virtual and in-person Black & Suicidal Peer Support Group where you can find a safe space to share your experiences, struggles, and triumphs. Our groups aims to provide a supportive community for Black individuals who are dealing with suicidal thoughts or have been affected by suicide.
Through open and honest conversations, we hope to break the stigma surrounding mental health in the Black community and offer a platform for healing and understanding. Our compassionate facilitators will guide discussions, ensuring a respectful and inclusive environment for everyone.
Saying “commit or committed suicide” is offensive to many people. When we use the word commit, it is usually associated with “committing a crime” or “committing a sin” which means wrongdoing. This phrase places blame on the individual instead of the mental health condition that influences the behavior. We don’t say someone with cancer or diabetes was committed to their death so the same compassion should be given to those with mental health challenges. We also do not use the phrase “successfully completed” suicide. Successfully completing something is associated with something good. Language matters. Please consider saying “died by suicide” or “attempted suicide.”
While some people with family members and friends who died by suicide prefer to say “committed”, we respect their choice. We believe in person-centered language and will never fault individuals for their illness. We want people to know having suicidal thoughts or attempts is not their fault. They are the victims of an illness and not the perpetrator. Please do your part by considering your language and educating others. Black People Die By Suicide Too stands firm on “died by suicide.”