Suicide Prevention: Know the Signs


    According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, suicide is the third leading cause of death for North Carolinians between the ages of 10 to 24.  Unfortunately, stigma, myths and misinformation about suicide prevent both adults and young people from discussing this topic.  Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicide and knowing who to call for help is one way to prevent suicide.

    Know the Signs and Symptoms

    Some of the common signs and symptoms of suicide are: threatening and talking about wanting to hurt or kill themselves, making preparations (i.e. trying to get firearms, pills, or other ways of killing themselves), talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide, hopelessness, withdrawing from friends, family, or school, and difficulty sleeping or sleeping all the time.  This is not an exhaustive or definitive list.  They are merely potential warning signs and a signal to get help.  For more information, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


    Know who to call

    If you are concerned that someone is suicidal, help is only a telephone call away. Both local and national resources are available 24/7.


    • 911 Emergency Services

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 988 (Call or Text)

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Veterans) - Call 988 or Text 838255

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (En Espanol) - Envía "AYUDA" al 988

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) - For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988

    • Alliance Behavioral Health - Crisis Line - (877) 223-4617 (Medicaid & Uninsured)


    For More Information:

    Contact the school counselor or social worker at your school for assistance linking to additional community resources.


Contact Us

  • Student Services

    2465 Gillespie Street
    Fayetteville, NC 28306

    Phone: 910-678-2433
    Fax: 910-678-2617


    Dr. Natasha Scott, MSW
    Executive Director