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Janine Davis

Middays Weekdays 10:00AM-3:00PM

Mental health is very important. A mental health training program and a protocol for risk referrals for suicide must be adopted in North Carolina's K-12 schools. The plan must follow guidelines outlined by the State Board of Education. By the 2021-2022 school year, all school personnel should have completed mental health training.

It’s the topic nobody really wants to talk about, but it’s a real thing. Suicide plagues our communities. According to the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) –

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S
  • 78% of all people who die by suicide are male
  • 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition
  • The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999

WARNING SIGNS

  1. Increased alcohol and drug use
  2. Aggressive behavior
  3. Withdrawal from friends, family and community
  4. Dramatic mood swings
  5. Impulsive or reckless behavior
  6. Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon
  7. Giving away possessions
  8. Tying up loose ends, like organizing personal papers or paying off debts
  9. Saying goodbye to friends and family

If you suspect a friend or family member or if you are experiencing any signs of suicide, call a healthcare professional or the national hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).