September is National Suicide Awareness & Prevention Month
Published by Laurie Pender on September 10, 2018
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Community Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention LogoPLEASE NOTE: Due to the impending storm,  this weekend’s Fayetteville Out of the Darkness Walk is rescheduled for Sunday, October 28, 2018. If you are currently registered for the Fayetteville Walk, you will receive an email from AFSP about the change soon. If you would like to register for the Oct. 28 date, please visit https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=173821. 

September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention month. 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.

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.

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
• 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. Visit us on the web, to find out who is assigned to your child’s school http://stusrvcs.ccs.k12.nc.us/.

Show your support! The Cumberland County Schools’ Student Services Department invites you to join them on October 28 at the Out of Darkness Fayetteville Area Walk at Festival Park. The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Use the link to join our team, CCS’ Student Services, or to make a donation.  All proceeds will be donated to the AFSP.
For more information, contact Dr. Natasha Scott, MSW, Executive Director of Student Services at 910.678.2433 or natashascott@ccs.k12.nc.us.

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