North Carolina’s three priority areas based on the Veterans Administration National Suicide Prevention Strategy. Identify SMVF and screen for suicide risk, promote connectedness and improve care transitions. Educate the public about limiting access to lethal means and improve safety planning.
We plan to address the issue head-on in North Carolina working with the cities and counties in the state to implement evidence-based practices on the local level reaching deep into the places that veterans, service members and their families live, work, and play.
What we know about suicide in the U.S.
Someone dies from suicide every 12 minutes—and over the past two decades, suicide rates have increased in every state across the country. For the first time in recent generations, life expectancy is decreasing due to suicide. According to the latest research:
There were 1.4 million attempts and more than 47,000 deaths from suicide.
Rural counties are being hit the hardest with suicide rates double the rate in urban counties.
Suicide is at its highest level and is still rising.
There has been an alarming 50% increase of suicide rates among women.
Each person who dies by suicide leaves behind 135 people who knew that person — and the impact of suicide and the bereavement that follow.
Suicide touches whole communities
Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Prevention in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County