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Lunchtime Discussion: Black Suicide and Black Life Stressors

This is a discussion of community resources consistently needed to increase access to resources to handle life stressors.

About this event

Dr. Amy Pulliam and Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis invite Black people with a range of experiences and backgrounds, including general communities and Black medical and health professionals, for a lunchtime discussion of historical and current factors contributing to Black people’s life stressors and negative life outcomes such as Black health problems, substance use, and suicidal thoughts and suicidal actions.

There are generations of writings, research, community involvement, organizations, and committees to address Black people’s life stressors and harmful responses that include suicide. This is also increasingly discussed on podcasts.

Unfortunately, Black-created and Black-led groups tend to struggle in funding, membership, and resources because most funding, membership, and resources are directed to non-Black and white-led organizations.

This leaves most Black people in need of family-based, community-based, and organization-based outlets to handle life stressors, health conditions and disabilities. and responses such as outward violence in the form of aggression towards other people and inward violence in the form of self-harm, suicide, and substance use.

Dr. Pulliam and Dr. Dennis encourage Black families and Black communities to collaborate and develop resources that help each other rather than be fully reliant on external services and resources.

Dr. Pulliam and Dr. Dennis are part of RUPTURE Consulting:

Dr. Amy Pulliam is a native of Greensboro. Dr. Pulliam has a Doctorate in Health Sciences with a concentration in Global Health (DHSc), a Master’s in Public Health specializing in Health Policy (MPH), and a Bachelors in Public Policy with Health Policy concentration (BA). One of her passions is to advocate for health equality and reduce disparities. She has utilized her positions to educate, prevent, and help intervene in areas that may have otherwise been overlooked. Her career path has consisted of working in quality improvement and data analysis with hospice and Medicaid/Medicare agencies, along with outreach and intervention with the state Infectious Disease division, trainer/advocate for underserved/marginalized communities, epidemiologist, and community researcher. She has developed innovative ways to engage communities in general health discussions and strategic improvement plans. Her latest motto is, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”. Dedicated to finding ways to make self-care a priority for the wellness of the whole being.

Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis is an activist, sociologist and criminologist, educator, and founder of 365 Diversity (www.365Diversity.com). Among Dr. Dennis’s community focuses and organizational focuses are Black suicide, Black mental health, and Black physical health. Dr. Dennis specializes in changing policies and practices, curriculum and courses, evaluations and assessments, and community outreach for medical and health academic programs, medical and health organizations, and medical and health facilities. Emphasis is placed on supporting and protecting people with underserved and minoritized identities and experiences. A range of demographics and cultures captured include race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, and language and communication. Born and raised in the city of Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Dennis lived in North Carolina to attain the doctorate and as college faculty. Dr. Dennis now lives in the city of Baltimore, Maryland and connects with local, national, and international communities, schools, businesses, and organizations.

Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 pm