Dr. Todd Harris

September 28, 2015 – In Americans aged 15 to 24 years old, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death. Prevention strategies generally focus on identifying at risk individuals and getting them the right help.

Information about ‘what to look for’ and ‘what to do’ are covered succinctly in a North Carolina website: itisok2ask.com. This site also provides specific North Carolina county-by-county resources.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is1-800-273-TALK (or 1-800-273-8255)

The NC State Counseling Center created the following video. It is heartfelt and well done as three students present their personal accounts of the time leading up to their own suicide attempts. The video aims to reduce the stigma of talking about suicide, and, hopefully, encourage young people to talk to someone and get the right kind of help during at risk times.

More information from the NC State Counseling Center about suicide prevention can be found here.