Our State, Our Wellbeing

Resource Expo

Save the Date. Wellbeing Summit.

Attendees at the June 13 Statewide Summit for Suicide Prevention will have access to dozens of experts and resources to help your community advance local work on preventing suicide. Interact with representatives from state and local organizations offering trainings, harm reduction strategies and resources, community engagement outreach and strategies, community education tools, and more! For information about opportunities to present resources at this event, contact Abigail Holdsclaw at aholdsclaw@sog.unc.edu.

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NC Navigator Consortium

NC Navigator Consortium
Resource for marketplace/ACA/Medicaid enrollment access to healthcare

NC SAFE

NC S.A.F.E.
NC S.A.F.E. (Secure All Firearms Effectively) is North Carolina’s statewide initiative designed to raise awareness of the importance of safe firearm storage. Established in 2023, the initiative provides resources and best practices for firearm storage and safety. NC S.A.F.E. is not associated with any advocacy-based initiatives related to gun laws or regulations.

April Health

April Health
April Health partners with primary care providers in rural areas to help them deliver mental health care to their patients via the collaborative care model. We are currently partnered with Lifepoint Health in Rutherford & Haywood counties and are looking for additional opportunities to expand our reach and impact.

Stop Soldier Suicide

Stop Soldier Suicide
Suicide is a complex problem that disproportionately impacts the military community. Stop Soldier Suicide is the only national nonprofit focused solely on solving the issue of suicide among U.S. veterans and service members. Our team is laser-focused on research and care that is specific to reducing veteran and service member suicide. Our vision is a nation where veterans and service members have no greater risk for suicide than any other American. We have an aggressive goal to reduce the military suicide rate by 40% no later than 2030.

DHHS Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Team
The NC Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Team provides community helper, CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means), and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) training in addition to holding webinars, academies, and symposiums to engage and educate communities. This team provides expert advice in suicide prevention, advises on media campaigns, and supports several important collaborations including the Faith Leaders Building Bridges Coalition, Firearm Safety Teams Coalition, and the NC Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Advisory Council. Additionally, this team maintains and updates the on-line NC Inventory of Suicide Prevention Programs, and provides fact sheets, dashboards, and quarterly data reports on suicide and self-harm in NC. A special initiative of this team has been the creation of the Faith Leaders for Life program, which provides community helper training to faith leaders and communities in rural areas statewide.

Wake County Veteran Services Division
Wake County Veterans Services Division supports over 55k veterans with VA claims, benefits, and compensation, as well as providing referrals and resource access for social determinants of health.

Bright Path Behavioral Health
Bright Path Behavioral Health is a teen-exclusive provider that offers Partial Hospitalization Programming and Intensive Outpatient Programming for teens who’s mental health is effecting their daily life functioning and once weekly therapy is not enough. In their commitment to their community’s wellbeing, Bright Path has expanded its offering for the summer to include Preventative Social-Emotional Programming for teens who’s mental health is stable, but they would like to enhance their emotional intelligence, learn coping and regulation skills, improve social navigation, and expand their sense of self-worth. Bright Path is driven by a mission to provide a safe, judgement-free space for adolescents to address their mental health needs and strengths the collective resilience of their community. Resources: Bright Path Behavioral Health programs, Teen Mental Health blog 

UNC School of Social Work

School of Social Work – Behavioral Health Springboard – Mental Health First Aid
The Behavioral Health Springboard provides training and workforce development in the area of behavioral health. Specifically, Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training that will give students, staff, and faculty the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Veterans Bridge Home

Veterans Bridge Home
Veterans Bridge Home connects veterans and their families, in any state of transition, to the community. Through our network of partners, we help veterans navigate employment, create social connections, and settle their families.

AFSP logo

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, North Carolina Chapter
AFSP’s mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. We are the voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

NC DHHS

NCDHHS- Division of Aging
The Division of Aging works to promote the independence and enhance the dignity of North Carolina’s older adults, persons with disabilities and their families through a community based system of opportunities, services, benefits and protections.

Carolina Demography

Carolina Demography
Carolina Demography is a non-partisan team of population scientists working for the people of North Carolina. We help people get the data they need to understand a changing North Carolina and make informed decisions. Resources: Carolina Demography newsletter, Free data consultation 

NCCare360

NC Care 360
NCCARE360 provides a solution to a fragmented health and human services system by connecting providers and organizations across sectors in a shared technology network. In the NCCARE360 network, providers can electronically connect individuals and families who have unmet social needs to community resources. NCCARE360 is the first statewide network that unites health care and human services organizations. Resource: NCCARE360 Assistance Request Form

Global Child Mental Health Collaborative
We train teachers in mental health skills so that they can support their students in elementary school and middle school classrooms. We have shown this to be effective in India, and we are now bringing to the US as part of upstream suicide prevention through the UNC Suicide Prevention Institute. We are first running a research trial in 2024-2025 to show its impact and how teachers implement it in US classrooms.

Healthy Aging NC

Healthy Aging NC
As North Carolina’s statewide resource center for evidence-based health programs, Healthy Aging NC connects people to the programs and agencies that improve community health; increases the capacity of providers to offer these programs; maintains the website with current program information and online registration systems; and collects and analyzes data to report results.

NC DPI

NC Healthy Schools
NC Healthy Schools focuses on improving the health of students and staff by providing coordination and resources within the context of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The goal is to create students who are healthier, in school, in class, and ready to learn. Students who are healthier are more alert, more focused on learning, and miss less school. They not only learn better in every class, but they also learn lifelong healthy behaviors. It just makes sense. Resources: Specialized Instructional SupportSchool Mental Health Policy 

Coastal-Horizons

Coastal Horizons Center, Inc.
Coastal Horizons provides a continuum of professional services to promote healthier lives, stronger families, and safer communities. Resources: Coastal Horizons program support

 

North Carolina Agromedicine Institute

North Carolina Agromedicine Institute
The mission of the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute is to promote the health and safety of farmers, fishermen, foresters, their workers, and their families through research, prevention/intervention, and education/outreach. As a part of these efforts, the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network of North Carolina (FRSAN-NC) is a partnership that connects farmers, ranchers, and others working in agriculture-related settings with stress assistance programs and resources. These connections help to improve the physical and emotional well-being of our state’s agricultural workforce.

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.**