Dare County sheds light on Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Town Hall event to be held

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness of this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. This month provides an opportunity to shift public perception, spread hope and share vital information to people affected by suicide.

In the most recent Dare County Community Health Needs Assessment, it was noted that suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in Dare County and the second leading cause of death among individuals 20-39 years of age.

The Breaking Through Task Force, Saving Lives Task Force, Be Resilient OBX, and Dare County Department of Health & Human Services have teamed up to host a town hall event in September. The event will feature the recently filmed documentary Shattering the Silence: A Documentary about Suicide in Dare County.

The goal of the event is to provide individuals with a basic understanding of the impacts of suicide in Dare County. While ensuring that individuals, friends, and families have access to the resources they need to learn about, discuss suicide prevention, and to seek help.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 5:30 am – 8:30 pm at First Flight High School. Light refreshments will be provided.

Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and explore resources in Dare County related to mental health at 5:30 p.m. The documentary will air at 6:15 p.m. with a question and answers panel to follow. Panel participants are Benny Baldwin, Documentary Videographer;  Christie McEwan, Outer Banks Counseling Services; Susan Lee, Documentary Counselor; Keith Hamm, Mobile Crisis; Stephanie Webb, Trillium; Dr. Ashley Clower, Surf Medicine & Dare County Department of Health & Human Services Board Member.

For more information about this event, please contact Roxana Ballinger at 252.475.5619 or Roxana.Ballinger@DareNC.com.