If a child is is imminent danger, please call 911

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Mecklenburg County Hotline Call for Help 704-566-3410(opt.1)

Txt option : txt ANSWER to 839863

24-hour Emergency Call Center - 704-444-2400

Behavioral Health Emergency Rooms

CMC Randolph Behavioral Health Center 704-444-2400, 501 Billingsley Road)

Presbyterian ER (704-384-4000, 200 Hawthorne Lane)

Sadly, suicide is the leading cause of death for young people between 15-24 years of age. According to the 2013 North Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 23.3% of CMS middle school students reported that they seriously thought about killing themselves. 14.7% reported that they made a plan of how they would kill themselves and 12.1% reported ever trying to kill themselves. With these statistics, it is important that all school staff, parents/guardians and the community work together to keep our children safe.

Students at Risk - Students with one or more of these concerns may become high risk for suicide. This is not an exhaustive list:
  • Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder
  • Previous Attempts
  • Sexual Identity Issues
  • Pregnancy
  • Serious Illness
  • Prolonged Grief
  • Victim of Bullying
  • Perfectionist or high achieving personality type

Warning Signs of Suicide - This is not an exhaustive list:
  • Access to means (i.e. firearms)
  • Preoccupation with material that sensationalizes suicide
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Neglect of personal hygiene
  • Fatigue/physical complaints
  • Change in mood or affect
  • Alcohol or Drug use
  • High risk taker/accident prone
  • Verbal cues - "I'm worthless" " I won't be around much longer"
  • Withdrawal from friends or social activities
  • Suddenly happier or calmer after prolonged distress or trauma
  • Saying goodbye to family and friends or giving away cherished items

Self-Injurious Behavior
Self-injurious behavior or cutting is not always a sign that an individual is having suicidal thoughts. It is serious and assessment by a qualified mental health professional should be sought to determine how best to address this issue.

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What to do if you suspect a child is suicidal
If you suspect your child or another child is suicidal - please communicate that concern to someone who can help as soon as possible. If you believe a child is in imminent danger, call 911 or take the child to CMC Randolph Behavioral Health Center or Presbyterian ER.

If you notice any of the warning signs of suicide coupled with suicidal thoughts or statements (verbalized, written or through social media), contact the child's grade level counselor, school psychologist or school nurse. These individuals are mandated assessors and will assist the child in getting the help that he or she needs.

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