ON AUGUST 31, Carolina Across 100 welcomed members of 15 community teams to the virtual kickoff event for Our State, Our Wellbeing: Partnering to Prevent Suicide in NC. More than 60 community leaders from across the state joined the webinar. Presenters from ncIMPACT and UNC Suicide Prevention highlighted the 24 counties participating in the new program, shared data and insights on suicide and mental health issues in North Carolina, and previewed activities teams will complete ahead of our first in-person gathering. We look forward to welcoming teams to the School of Government for the first Our State, Our Wellbeing forum on October 24 and 25.
ON OCTOBER 24-25, Carolina Across 100 welcomed leaders from 15 community teams to Chapel Hill for the first time for the Our State, Our Wellbeing program. Team members from UNC Suicide Prevention Institute (SPI) and other experts presented sessions on trends in suicide, mental and behavioral health, access to care in North Carolina, and key concepts for suicide prevention. ncIMPACT and SPI also supported the community teams as they worked to establish shared problem definitions, write vision statements for their communities, develop community asset maps, and identify their initial action steps. We look forward to reconnecting with the teams through monthly webinars beginning later in November and bringing the teams back together in Chapel Hill in February.