Our State, Our Wellbeing

Summit Agenda

8:30 – 9:30am

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

Check-in at the registration table and join us for a continental breakfast before the Summit begins.

9:30 – 10:00am
Grumman Auditorium 

Building Momentum for Suicide Prevention with NC DHHS Secretary Kody Kinsley; UNC Suicide Prevention Institute Director Patrick Sullivan; and ncIMPACT Director Anita Brown-Graham

  • Hear state-level updates from NCDHHS Secretary Kody Kinsley. 
  • Celebrate community-level action through the “Our State, Our Wellbeing” program. 
  • Learn how this program is informing development of the State of North Carolina’s Suicide Prevention Plan. 

10:00 – 11:45am

Connecting with Experts at Concurrent Sessions

Announced soon, choose from four different panel discussions featuring state and local leaders talking about issues faced by communities working to reduce suicide. With time for questions, bring your questions and ideas to share. 

11:45am – 12:15pm
Grumman Auditorium 

Helping Communities Respond to Suicide Through Systems-Level Action with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Dr. Charlene Wong

  • Celebrate attendees and the many people in NC partnering at the community level to reduce suicide in our state.  
  • Hear a systems-level perspective on the need for greater awareness of suicide prevention resources and how the CDC is working to help communities and states focus on activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide.  

12:15 – 1:00pm
Trillium Dining Room

Seated Lunch Buffet

1:00 – 2:00pm
Grumman Auditorium

Focusing on Community Action with “Our State, Our Wellbeing” Program Managers and Anita Brown-Graham

  • Hear directly from “Our State, Our Wellbeing” team members about their experiences with cross-sector community collaboration on the issue of suicide prevention.  
  • Learn what’s next for these 15 teams representing 24 counties. 

2:00 – 2:30pm

Community Action Showcase Featuring “Our State, Our Wellbeing” Teams

  • Engage with Our State, Our Wellbeing team leaders as they highlight their experiences over the last year pursuing community-based suicide prevention strategies.  
  • Learn more about the connections these teams have built, the progress they have made, and their plans to continue moving the work forward. 

Dogwood and Redbud Rooms

Suicide Prevention Resource Fair

  • Connect with representatives from a variety of state and local organizations offering resources helpful to communities working to reduce suicide.  
  • Find additional resources on the Summit event site.

Grumman Auditorium

Building the Road Ahead Together (Speakers Announced Soon!)

  • Learn how community-level perspectives inform systems-level decisions about suicide prevention and improvement of mental and behavioral health care.  
  • Discuss ideas for improving coordination across communities and sectors in efforts to reduce suicide.  
  • Hear from a group of state and community experts about the road ahead for the state and promising practices for cross-sector collaboration in suicide prevention.  

Grumman Auditorium

Our Collective Commitment to Suicide Prevention with Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody

  • As a group, reflect on the resources and connections we plan to carry back to our communities in the work to prevent suicide.  
  • UNC’s Samantha Meltzer-Brody, one of the nation’s leading experts on mental health, will share words of inspiration and lessons learned from a career advocating for mental health care. 

The Atrium


  • Join together with presenters and community leaders to continue making new connections and sharing ideas while enjoying music and refreshments.  
  • As a group, engage in an art project collecting our plans for taking individual action in our communities. 

What is Our State, Our Wellbeing?

Our State, Our Wellbeing is a 12-month initiative to identify and implement strategies to improve mental health and reduce the number of suicides in North Carolina, launched by Carolina Across 100 and the UNC Suicide Prevention Institute

Understanding Suicide Prevention in NC

Our conversations and research about suicide prevention work led Carolina Across 100 and the UNC Suicide Prevention Instutute to a few clear conclusions. First, the issues of suicide and mental health are shared across the state, but they affect every community differently. In turn, every community brings different assets, resources, and relationships to this challenge. To address this issue effectively, we need local-level input and context alongside coordinated efforts across state-level partners and systems.

**If you or someone you know are thinking about suicide, call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.**