Volunteers with caregiving responsibility maintain a significantly reduced suicide risk, a 2019 study found.
Black women are more likely to be single parents than white women, and they have the lowest suicide rates across any race/gender group.
Another way single parenthood may reduce suicide risk is through the coalescing of extended family and community support for the care of the child.
It’s possible this support, once in place, also confers mental health benefits that reduce suicide risk for the mother.
Though it’s impossible to predict who will attempt or complete suicide, the broad risk factors that contribute to suicide in all racial and ethnic groups are widely documented.