The 2015 N.C. Suicide Prevention Plan is the result of a collaborative 16-month process among staff members from IVPB, the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Behavior, and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS).
The plan provides community-based strategies to prevent suicide and is a complement to the clinically focused 2012 Suicide Prevention and Intervention Plan: A Report of the NCIOM Task Force on Suicide Prevention and Intervention produced by the NC Institute of Medicine in collaboration with DMH/DD/SAS.
The development of a new plan provided an opportunity to bring together a diverse group of more than 180 suicide prevention stakeholders to contribute to its creation. Stakeholders representing the following groups offered invaluable input: governmental agencies (federal, state, local); tribal governments; health care systems, insurers, and clinicians; businesses, employers, and professional associations; primary and secondary schools; colleges and universities; nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations; research organizations; individuals, families, and concerned citizens; and military entities.
The primary purpose of the 2015 N.C. Suicide Prevention Plan is to empower all North Carolinians with knowledge and to highlight specific actions that they can take to reduce suicide. To that end, the plan features more than 500 examples of what various groups, collectively and individually, can do to address suicide in their communities.