Every six hours, someone in North Carolina dies by suicide. In fact, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Dr. Amanda McGough is the Board President of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention North Carolina Chapter. We sat down with her on QC Morning to talk about what warning signs to look out for and how you or someone you know can get help. Dr. McGough tells us the warning signs include changes in behavior, changes in mood, or talking about suicide or life not worth living. She says if you notice this in someone you know it’s important to have a conversation with that person.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or dial 988. Dr. McGough says to remember you are not alone! She says many people experience these thoughts at some point in their life.
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