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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
If you are thinking about suicide or if you or someone you know is in emotional crisis, call or text 988 anytime for free confidential support.
If you are thinking about suicide or if you or someone you know is in emotional crisis, call or text 988 anytime for free confidential support.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. We’re joining with mental health organizations and public media stations across the country to provide critical information and resources to our community on this urgent public health crisis. 

Suicide takes 40,000 lives each year in the United States, killing more people than car crashes and twice as many as homicide. However, suicides can sometimes be prevented with support from family and friends and treatment from professionals. This month, we’ll premiere a new documentary from Twin Cities PBS about this mental health crisis, host an in-person and virtual preview screening with NAMI NC that includes a Q&A with expert panelists and share important resources for identifying risk factors and seeking support. 

STREAMING NOW

Facing Suicide

This film combines the poignant personal stories of people impacted by suicide with profiles of scientists at the forefront of research, revealing new insights into one of America’s most pressing mental health crises. Shining a light on this difficult topic can destigmatize suicide while revealing that there is help and hope for those at risk and their loved ones.

Watch Facing Suicide online and on the PBS Video app.

STREAMING NOW

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness | Ken Burns Presents

Follow the journeys of more than 20 young Americans from all over the country and all walks of life, who have struggled with thoughts and feelings that have troubled—and, at times—overwhelmed them. Hiding in Plain Sight presents an unstinting look at both the seemingly insurmountable obstacles faced by those who live with mental disorders and the hope that many have found after that storm. A film by Erik Ewers & Christopher Loren Ewers.

Watch Hiding in Plain Sight online and on the PBS Video app.

The Storm

1:56:00
Published:
Expires: 2022-09-30
Rating: TV-PG

Episode 1: The Storm is a first-person look at America’s youth mental health crisis.

Streaming in September
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The Storm
Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness
The Storm
Resilience
Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness
Resilience

Discussion with Local Experts

On Wednesday, 8/31, we hosted a preview screening of Facing Suicide and a conversation with local experts. Watch our panel discussion below.

Our Moderator

Dr. Carrie Brown, chief medical officer for behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Our Panelists

Dr. Vivian Barnette, executive director, Counseling Services, NC A&T University, Greensboro

Charnequa Kennedy, director, Counseling Center, North Carolina Central University, Durham

Bobby Peters, Peer2Peer student counselor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ashish George, director of public policy/psychiatric advance directives (PADs) specialist, NAMI NC (National Alliance on Mental Illness), North Carolina

Fonda Bryant, certified QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Suicide Prevention Instructor, Member-at-Large, NAMI NC Board of Directors and featured in the documentary Facing Suicide

Crisis Resources

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones and best practices for professionals in the United States.

If youre in crisis or experiencing thoughts of suicide, call or text 988.

Crisis Solutions North Carolina

Anyone may request crisis or emergency services in North Carolina for mental health, substance abuse and intellectual and developmental disabilities issues.

  • Find help for a mental health and substance use crisis in your county.
  • If you need to contact the police, request a Crisis Intervention Team officer. They have received extra training on handling these situations.

 

If you have any further questions regarding Crisis Services within North Carolina, please contact 984-236-5300 or 800-662-7030 for Spanish. For resources to assist you with a crisis immediately, select your county from the drop-down box at Crisis Solutions NC.

Crisis Solution North Carolina is an initiative of the NC Department of Health and Human Services: Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.

NAMI North Carolina

The NAMI NC Helpline provides support, resources and information to North Carolinians across our state.

The NAMI NC Helpline is available Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–5 PM, by calling 800-451-9682 (NC only), emailing helpline@naminc.org or texting 919-999-6527.

Outside North Carolina, call or text the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264 or chat with NAMI online Monday–Friday, 10 AM–10 PM (Eastern).

If youre in crisis or experiencing thoughts of suicide, call or text 988.

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for trans and questioning peers. Call 877-565-8860 if you need someone trans to talk to, even if you’re not in crisis or if you’re not sure you’re trans.

BlackLine

BlackLine 800-604-5841 provides a space for peer support, counseling, witnessing and affirming the lived experiences of those who are most impacted by systematic oppression with an LGBTQ+ Black femme lens.

Pro Bono Counseling Network

Pro Bono Counseling Network provides counseling services free of charge to underinsured residents of Orange, Person, Chatham, and Durham counties in North Carolina.

Out of the Darkness Community Walks

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention North Carolina Chapter hosts Out of the Darkness Community Walks throughout the state each fall. Register today for a Community Walk near you and join AFSP North Carolina Chapter as they walk to fight suicide.

Alliance of Hope

Since 2008, the Alliance of Hope has been working to decrease stigma, increase understanding of the suicide loss experience, and provide direct support to survivors.

Warning Signs

Immediate Risk

Some behaviors may indicate that a person is at immediate risk for suicide. The following three should prompt you to immediately call or text 988 for free, confidential crisis support.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

 

Serious Risk

Other behaviors may also indicate a serious risk—especially if the behavior is new, has increased or seems related to a painful event, loss or change.

  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated, behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

 

Republished from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
Facing Suicide

How Do I Ask For Help If I’m Thinking About Suicide?

10:05
Published:
Rating: TV-14

Young people share their lived experience with suicide, hope and healing.

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How Do I Ask For Help If I’m Thinking About Suicide?
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How Do I Ask For Help If I’m Thinking About Suicide?
Understanding Suicide: Seeing the Signs
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Understanding Suicide: Seeing the Signs
Understanding Suicide: How to Respond
Facing Suicide
Understanding Suicide: How to Respond
Understanding Suicide: Means Matter
Facing Suicide
Understanding Suicide: Means Matter
Understanding Suicide: Reasons to Hope
Facing Suicide
Understanding Suicide: Reasons to Hope
Understanding Suicide: Causes and Prevention
Facing Suicide
Understanding Suicide: Causes and Prevention

More Stories and Resources

Well Beings is a campaign from WETA to demystify and destigmatize health concerns through storytelling. Together with partners from across the country, including patients, families, caregivers and professionals, Well Beings addresses the critical health needs of Americans through the creation of broadcast content, original digital content and impactful local events.

PBS Voices

An Olympic Athlete Takes on Depression (Featuring Raven Saunders) | PBS Short Docs

Olympic shot putter Raven Saunders was riding high after the 2016 games, but she wasn’t prepared for what came once she returned home. After receiving care for depression, Saunders spoke out about her struggles and became a leading advocate for mental health dialogue among athletes.

This film is part of the #WellBeings “Out of the Dark” docuseries showcasing the inspiring personal stories of the most influential youth activists in the mental health space. Each episode takes an in-depth look at the struggles each overcame, the impact of their work and their continued mental health journeys.

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An Olympic Athlete Takes on Depression (Featuring Raven Saunders) | PBS Short Docs
PBS Voices
An Olympic Athlete Takes on Depression (Featuring Raven Saunders) | PBS Short Docs
Even When You’re Alone, You’re Not Alone
Well Beings
Even When You’re Alone, You’re Not Alone
Brave Teens | Write it All Down, Get it All Out!
Well Beings
Brave Teens | Write it All Down, Get it All Out!
A Conversation about Mental Health during Pregnancy
Well Beings
A Conversation about Mental Health during Pregnancy
If you are thinking about suicide or if you or someone you know is in emotional crisis, call or text 988 anytime for free confidential support.