Suicide Prevention and Intervention Workgroup

The NCIOM Suicide Prevention and Intervention Workgroup is working on developing recommendations to enhance the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services’ (DMHDDSAS) statewide suicide prevention and response system.

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Debra Farrington, MSW, LCSW
Care Management Director
OCP Area Program
Flo Stein
Chief, Community Policy Management Section
NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disability and Substance Abuse Services
Project Director  Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH
President & CEO
North Carolina Institute of Medicine
Research Assistant: Anne Williams

Meeting Dates:
Friday, February 10, 2012 10:00am - 4:30pm
Monday, February 20, 2012 10:00am - 3:00pm
Monday, March 19, 2012 10:00am - 3:00pm
Monday, April 16, 2012 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 10:00am - 4:00pm
Friday, June 1, 2012 10:00am - 3:00pm

Workgroup Overview:
This workgroup is a collaborative project between the NCIOM and DMHDDSAS, and is being funded by the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.

North Carolina’s suicide rate has consistently been above the national rate over the past decade.  In 2010, suicide ranked as a top 10 leading cause of death among individuals ages 10 and greater in the state.  It results in more years of potential life lost than homicide, cerebrovascular disease, and diabetes. Mental health problems are associated with approximately one in two suicides. Other common circumstances include intimate partner problems, substance abuse, and recent crises.

DMHDDSAS works with other state and local agencies to provide prevention, crisis intervention, treatment, recovery support and other services to people who are contemplating suicide or who have attempted suicide, and to their families.  The NCIOM Suicide Intervention Workgroup will meet to review the state’s current service system and identify strategies to enhance the service system to better meet the needs of North Carolinians.