Harrowing stories of black youth suicide moved Bonnie Watson Coleman to act
Watson Coleman is teaming up with celebrities and mental health advocates like actress Taraji P. Henson, who reached out to her and appeared before Capitol Hill lawmakers this month to discuss suicide among black children and recount her own struggles with mental health.
Watson Coleman also went to Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass about creating an emergency task force. Why an emergency? She “wanted to signal the fact that we think we have a crisis, that we don’t want to create some other entity that is just going to meet every other month, and just keep on keeping on.”
The Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health will have a limited duration. Watson Coleman wants to study the issue, find outcomes, and then form a plan of action for legislation or funding.