“It’s OK 2 Ask.”
Published by Laurie Pender on February 2, 2017

Image of text reading it's ok 2 ask about suicide.According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, suicide is the third leading cause of death for North Carolinians between the ages of 10 to 24.  Unfortunately, stigma, myths, and misinformation about suicide prevent both adults and young people from discussing this topic.  Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicide and knowing who to call for help is one way to prevent suicide.

To raise awareness, Cumberland County Schools is observing Suicide Awareness Week, February 5 – 11, 2017.  CCS staff, students, parents, and stakeholders are invited to join our efforts. Show your support by spreading the word, knowing the signs, and knowing who to call!

Help spread the word.  Cumberland County Schools joins the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in their campaign to ensure that our youth know that “It’s OK 2 Ask.” 

  1. Let others know that “It’s OK 2 Ask” by wearing the national suicide prevention colors, turquoise and purple, on February 8th.
  2. Take a ‘selfie’ or ‘usie’ holding the sign, “It’s OK 2 Ask.”  Print sign now!
  3. Send your photo to shirleycarter@ccs.k12.nc.us
  4. Look for our photo gallery of CCS stakeholders on our web page.

Know the Signs and Symptoms.  Some of the common signs and symptoms of suicide are: threatening and talking about wanting to hurt or kill themselves, making preparations (i.e. trying to get firearms, pills or other ways of killing themselves), talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide, hopelessness, withdrawing from friends, family, or school, and difficulty sleeping or sleeping all the time.  This is not an exhaustive or definitive list.  They are merely potential warning signs and a signal to get help.  View the video from the Mayo Clinic below for more information about teen suicide prevention.

Prevent Teen Suicidehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BByqa7bhto

Know who to call.  If you are concerned that someone is suicidal, help is only a telephone call away. Both local and national resources are available 24/7.

  • 911 Emergency Services
  • Contact Crisis Helpline
    • (910) 485-4134
  • Alliance Behavioral Health Care – Health & Information Line
    • (800) 510-9132
  • Cape Fear Valley Behavioral Health – Roxie Center
    • (910) 615-3333
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • (800) 273-TALK (8255)
  • Veterans Suicide Hotline
    • (800) 273-8255 Select # 1
  • Hearing Impaired TTY Users
    • (800) 799-4TTY (4889)
  • En Espanol
    • (888) 628-9454

A school counselor, school social worker, and a school psychologist are available in all of our schools. They are also available to link parents and students to community resources.  For more information, contact Natasha Scott, Executive Director of Student Services at 910.678.2433 or natashascott@ccs.k12.nc.us.

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