Black Youth Suicide Webinar Hosted by NIMH

Preview of the video of panelists speaking

On April 21, 2020, NYU McSilver Institute’s Executive Director Dr. Michael A. Lindsey participated in a webinar hosted by the the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity, in collaboration with the Office of Behavioral Health Equity at SAMHSA.

Responding to the Alarm: Addressing Black Youth Suicide” included members of the working group of experts who, under Dr. Lindsey’s leadership, developed a December 2019 report to the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, titled Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America.

During this 90-minute interactive roundtable webinar, panelists answered pressing questions about Black youth suicide and mental health. They discussed the latest trends and shared their perspectives on how to address this growing crisis.

Read a transcript of the webinar.


Rhonda C. Boyd, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Michael Lindsey, Ph.D., MSW, MPH,
Executive Director & Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies
McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU

Arielle Sheftall, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
The Ohio State University College of Medicine


Crystal L. Barksdale, PhD, MPH
Chief, Minority Mental Health
Office for Disparities Research & Workforce Diversity
National Institute of Mental Health

Roslyn Holliday Moore, MS
Senior Public Health Analyst
Office of Behavioral Health Equity
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Learn more about NYU McSilver’s work on mental healthcare policy.

Photo of Dr. Michael A. Lindsey
Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH
Dean of the Silver School of Social Work