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Suicide Awareness Month: NCDHHS raising awareness of treatments and resources available

Suicide is a statewide and national public health crisis impacting people of all ages across all backgrounds, and state officials said suicide awareness is key to saving lives.

September recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is raising awareness of treatments and resources available to everyone in the community.

Last year, more than 1,500 North Carolinians ten and older died by suicide, making it the ninth leading cause of death in the state and the second leading cause of death for people between the ages 10-40.

"Every life is important. We support the dignity and inherent worth of every person in North Carolina," said

NCDHHS Secretary Kody Kinsley said one of the state’s largest resources for suicide prevention is 988. The three-digit suicide and crisis lifeline connects people via call, chat or text to a trained counselor who will listen, offer support and provide community resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.