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Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline BannerFrom 2011 to 2015, Orange County, North Carolina experienced 62 deaths related to suicide with 11 occurring in 2015. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 20 and 39 and is the fourth leading cause of preventable death among those ages 40 to 64.

If you need help, call the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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We can all play a pivotal role in preventing suicide by learning to recognize the signs and symptoms:

  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves

View more information about the warning signs of suicide (PDF).

Learn How to Help

  • Change your language. The word "committed" is often a negative term. So say, "lost to suicide."
  • Everyone can play a role in suicide prevention.

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Be The One To

  • Ask the Tough Questions: "Are you thinking about killing yourself?"
  • Keep Them Safe: Ask if they have thought about ways to do it. Separate them from anything they are thinking of using to hurt themselves.
  • Be There: Listen to their reasons for feeling in pain. Listen without judgment and with empathy.
  • Help Them Connect: Help your loved one to connect to a support system like 1-800-273-8255
  • Follow up: Making contact in the days or weeks after a crisis can make the difference in keeping your friend or loved one alive.
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