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Suicide in Orange County

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From 2012 to 2016, Orange County, North Carolina experienced 64 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.


suicide prevention walk will take place on september 21 2018

On September 21st Healthy Carolinians of Orange County, in partnership with the Orange County Health Department and Cardinal Innovations, are hosting the “Be the Light” Suicide Prevention Walk to support survivors and to share how to recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide and what to do if a loved one or friend is in danger. Event details:
September 21, 2018 "Be the Light" Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk

  • Gold Park, 415 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278
  •  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Meet at the pavilion at Gold Park.

The walk will begin at Gold Park with a moment of silence. The featured speaker is Phillip J. Roundtree, MSW, MS. Roundtree’s message speaks to “resilience through coping” and is driven by his professional and personal experiences. His transparency, as it relates to his personal journey in coping with depression, anxiety, and multiple suicide attempts gives a face, voice, and hope to those who’ve yet to recognize their emotional and cognitive strength. He ­­will share ways to help prevent suicide by learning to recognize the signs and symptoms. As a visual reminder of the 64 Orange County citizens who lost their lives to suicide from 2012 to 2016, 64 pairs of donated shoes will be on display. To donate shoes, contact Kiana Redd at or 919.245.2379. After the walk the shoes will be donated to the Club NOVA Thrift Shop.

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)



: "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.