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National Suicide Prevention Month Special Program: “We Cry Your Tears: The Truth About Suicide in The Black Community – The Chicago Story”

Event Date:

September 6, 2024

Event Time:

12:00 pm

In this 1-hour workshop, attendees will learn about the current statistics regarding suicide in the Chicagoland area, discover the trends in suicide impacting youth, and address the stigmas associated with suicide in our community. Segments of the documentary “We Cry Your Tears: The Jamal Clay Story” will be shown.  Attendees will be compelled to engage in a discussion on the multifaceted lessons learned from the suicide of 19 y/o Jamal Clay, son of the presenter. The final discussion will be on how to address the surge in suicides in the black community.


Workshop Objectives:

  • The history of suicide in the Black community
  • The current statistics of suicide within the Chicagoland area
  • The cultural values held by the “village” about suicide 
  • The indoctrinated beliefs that the communities of color face
  • The influence of Covid-19 pandemic on mental health and suicide ideations
  • The impact of bullying during the early childhood years
  • The challenges of seeking mental health services in communities of color
  • The power of turning pain into purpose in a loss – the 6 stages of grief


About the Speaker: 

Rafiah Maxie-Cole (she/her) is a Mother, Advocate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and the founder of Soul Survivors of Chicago.

On May 27, 2020, her 19-year-old son (Jamal) died by suicide. Jamal passed away 2 days after George Floyd, 11 months after his high school graduation, and 4 months into the pandemic we came to know as “COVID-19”. Rafiah felt compelled to continue his legacy and share his story with others impacted by suicide and trauma in the African-American community. 

She produced the 2021 documentaries “We Cry Your Tears: The Jamal Clay Story” and “Makes Me Wanna Holla-Healing From Loss, Learning From Tragedy & Finding Recovery”.

Rafiah Maxie-Cole with Soul Survivors of Chicago, NFP centers around suicide prevention and the promotion of Mental Health and wellness. She stands and fights for suicide prevention, stronger education regarding mental health, and supporting families impacted by trauma, loss, and gun violence.

“We Cry Your Tears: The Jamal Clay Story”:

“Makes Me Wanna Holla: Healing from Loss, Learning from Tragedy and Finding Recovery”:

Soul Survivors of Chicago, NP PSA:

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made 24 hours or more in advance of the event date will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made on the day of the event will not be refunded. Please email us at to cancel your registration.

Registration for CEUs

This workshop fulfills the requirements for 1 CE credit. CE sponsorship is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and credits are applicable to LCSW and transferrable to LCPC in Illinois. If you have a different licensure or are licensed outside of Illinois, please check with your licensure body before purchasing.

Please note that we require your live attendance in order to issue CE certificates. If you are unable to attend live, please let us know at least 24 hours before the event.

Please enter your licensure information in the Google form provided in our follow-up email to ensure the prompt issue of CE certificates after the workshop.

Event Schedule Details

  • September 6, 2024 12:00 pm   -   1:00 pm
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