Ask A Black Girl: Why are Black women’s suicide rates so low?

The stories they could tell.

Yes, this is a real question I found in an online discussion.

I swear, it’s like people want us to die or they are curious as to why we want to or must go on in a world that hates us.

But, why ask why we want to live? Shouldn’t we all want to live?

Speaking from my own experience as a depressed Black woman suffering from PTSD, suicide has never crossed my mind. It’s not an option. I have to live. I’m a single mother of one daughter and I am my mothers caregiver. I can’t die.

Now that doesn’t mean I don’t think about death, as in my mortality, especially since I am taking care of my mother, but taking my life though I do hate the life I live, is not an option.

I couldn’t do that to my mother and daughter.

I also have dreams left despite it all. So, I have shit to do before I leave here.

And, quite frankly, I don’t want to enter the other side because I took my own life.

I wanna see how this shit turns out.

I plan to die old, with grand kids, and with my life in a better state than it is now. I have something to prove to myself.

Having said that, a recent study has revealed that Black women disproportionately suffer from PTSD which in turn means that our depression rates are also very high.

So, perhaps the real question should be:

How do Black women survive?

Read: The Most Disrespected Person in America Is Still the Black Woman

I also think that being a part of a culture that believes suicide is a sin combined with what newworldafro says below pretty much sums up why suicide rates are so low for Black women.

According to Zora Neale Hurston, Black women are the “mules of the earth”, meaning they have thick skin; considering all the BS they had to go through for 500 years and they pass that persistence on to their daughters.”

What say you, Black women?

Why aren’t we killing ourselves more?

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Originally published at on April 11, 2017.

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