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Suicide in Orange County

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From 2011 to 2015, Orange County, North Carolina experienced 62 deaths related to suicide with 11 occurring in 2015. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 20 and 39 and is the FOURTH leading cause of preventable death among those ages 40 to 64. 

We can all play a pivotal role in preventing suicide by learning to recognize the signs and symptoms:
- Talking about wanting to die
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.

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Learn how to help:
- Change your language. The word "committed" is often a negative term. So say, "lost to suicide."
- Everyone can play a role in suicide prevention. 

Suicide Prevention Lifelife 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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- ASK THE TOUGH QUESTIONS
: "Are you thinking about killing yourself?"
- KEEP THEM SAFE: Ask if they have thought about ways to do it. Separate them from anything they are thinking of using to hurt themselves.
- BE THERE: Listen to their reasons for feeling in pain. Listen without judgment and with empathy.
- HELP THEM CONNECT: Help your loved one to connect to a support system like 1-800-273-TALK.
- FOLLOW UP: Making contact in the days or weeks after a crisis can make the difference in keeping your friend or loved one alive.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH EVENTS

September 22, 2017 "Be the Light" Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk
at UNC-Chapel Hill's "Pit" at 207 South Road in Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Free Parking available at Cobby Parking Deck
6 to 8 pm
The walk will begin with a moment of silence. Speakers will share ways to help prevent suicide by learning to recognize the signs and symptoms. As a visual to remember those who have been lost to suicide, donated shoes will be on display. To donate shoes, contact Kiana Redd at kredd@orangecountync.gov or 919.245.2379. After the walk the shoes will be donated to the Club NOVA Thrift Shop. More information about the walk on the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE.

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September 26, 2017 QPR: Suicide Prevention
Cardinal Innovations 201 Sage Road, Suite 100, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
10 am to noon
QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. To register: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3034378

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