Reinstate Funding for the NC Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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Each year more than 1,000 people in North Carolina die from suicide. The current Republican proposed State budget has omitted all funding for the North Carolina Suicide Prevention Lifeline—a free and confidential service that helped 27,584 callers in emotional and suicidal crisis during the last 6 months of 2017.
As a graduate student at Wake Forest University studying to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I am deeply dismayed that Republican legislators didn't include the $350K needed to keep the local call center open. I'm asking you to join me in urging them to help save lives by funding the NC Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
If they don't #KeepTheLineOpenNC, no more calls will be taken at the Greenville-based crisis calling center, effective July 1, 2018.
Death by suicide and non-fatal, self-inflicted injuries from suicide attempts are a major public health crisis in North Carolina, consistently ranking higher than the national average. According to a 2013 North Carolina Division of Public Health report, suicide is among the top five leading causes of death for residents between the ages of 15 to 54.
From 2004 to 2011, 8,902 North Carolinians took their life, while 63,472 were treated in emergency rooms for self-inflicted injuries.
Suicide also impacts North Carolina veterans and armed forces—men and women who have served our country with honor and duty. In times of emotional distress, NC veterans depend on both the Veterans Crisis Line and the North Carolina Prevention Lifeline. According to a 2018 special report by the Safe States Alliance, suicide ranked as the number one type of violent death among veterans and armed services in North Carolina from 2010-2014—five times higher than homicide. During this period, 1,109 suicides occurred.
Having experienced a crisis within the last two weeks was the fourth ranking circumstance for North Carolina suicides in 2009-2011. The North Carolina Suicide Prevention Lifeline employs trained individuals who provide support for people in crisis; without this vital service, thousands of people in need may choose to end their life.
As a future mental health counselor, I am committed to helping people in crisis recognize just how precious life is and will encourage them to live fulfilling, productive, meaningful lives. I am also committed to advocating for sustainable funding for public mental health services such as the Lifeline.
If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, call the toll-free, 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and you will be connected with your local crisis calling center: 1-800-273-8255.
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