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  1. 2017
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  3. 2015
  4. 2013
  5. 2012
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Accomplishments in 2017 included:

  • Released the 2016 State of the County Report
  • Adopted “Be the 1 To” suicide prevention campaign to encourage and educate residents to Be the 1 to…..Ask, Keep them Safe, Be There, Help them Connect, and Follow Up.
  • Implemented Suicide Prevention Month in September 2017 where the MH&SA committee hosted and/or supported the following:
    • A kickoff event, where we had presentations and presence by Linnea Smith, Jaki Shelton-Green and Mayor Tom Stevens, and a personal testimony by Janaki Nicastro
    • A day of prayer
    • An awareness walk on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill where the personal story/experiences were shared by Rwenshaun Miller, LPCA, and had participation and involvement from 50 to 100 students and residents
    • A Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training for community members to educate and teach residents 3 simple steps to suicide prevention.
  • Trained 15 agency partners on the basis of the Eat Smart Move More Consistent Messaging Campaign which is a movement that promotes increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity with the goal to reduce childhood and family obesity in Orange County.
  • Hosted 2 Transportation Academies in October where partners learned the basics of local transit from each of our public transportation agencies (i.e. Orange Public Transportation, Go Triangle and Chapel Hill Transit) to better help them assist clients connect to low-cost/no-cost transportation services.
  • Hosted the first ever Try Transit Week October 23 to 28, to bring awareness to public transportation and the many resources available to increase utilization of services, and provide free service to those with little to no transportation.