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Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center (MFPCC)
The purpose of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Coordinating Center is to support the MFP program, enhance the careers of the MFP Fellows, and document MFP program impacts. For additional information about the MFP, click here.

Ellie Potts

Ellie Potts is a 2023-2024 doctoral fellow with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Mercer University in 2004 and a master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling from Georgia State University in 2021. ...Read more


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Minority Fellowship Program: Community Connections Webinar
The presentation, including slides, transcript, and sound recording for the MFPCC Webinar, "Minority Fellowship Program: Community Connections Webinar," which occurred Apirl 24, 2024, are now available for download......Read more
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Learn about statistics, trends, and other relevant insights for behavioral health practitioners working to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes for people in underserved communities.

Suicide Rates among Males
Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States and a significant public health concern, accounting for over 48,100 deaths in 2021.1 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2021, the suicide rate among males was 22.8 per 100,000, compared to the rate of 5.7 per 100,000 observed among females, revealing a significant disparity in suicide rates between genders.1 This discrepancy suggests underlying differences in behavioral patterns, societal expectations, and possibly differential access to or utilization of mental health resources. For example, over 6 million men in the U.S. reportedly suffer from depression, which is a significant factor contributing to suicide. Despite its prevalence, however, depression in men is frequently underdiagnosed, potentially due to prevailing cultural norms that equate emotional expression with weakness, discouraging men from seeking help.2 Furthermore, the highest suicide rates were observed in males aged 75 and older (42.2 per 100,000) and among non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaskan Native males (43.4 per 100,000), followed by non-Hispanic White males (30.0 per 100,000).3 These statistics underscore the influence of age and ethnicity on suicide rates and highlight the need for targeted research and intervention strategies.

Suicide Rates by Age Group (2021)
Suicide Rates by Age Group (2021)
Suicide Rates by Race and Ethnicity (2021)
Suicide Rates by Race and Ethnicity (2021)
SAMHSA provides resources to support men’s mental health.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2024). Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). Atlanta, GA: National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from Web Site Policy.
  2. Stiawa, M., Müller-Stierlin, A., Staiger, T., Kilian, R., Becker, T., Gündel, H., & Krumm, S. (2020). Mental health professionals view about the impact of male gender for the treatment of men with depression-a qualitative study. BMC psychiatry, 20, 1-13.
  3. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Men and Mental HealthExternal Web Site Policy