UNC-Chapel Hill has launched a new statewide program for local communities across North Carolina aimed at decreasing suicide rates.

The new suicide prevention program is a partnership between the UNC Suicide Prevention Institute and Carolina Across 100 — an initiative to work with all 100 counties to fix pandemic-related problems.

Through collaboration with school systems, nonprofits, and healthcare providers, the program hopes to identify the specific needs of communities to design suitable suicide-prevention strategies and increase mental health resources.

Carolina Across 100 seeks applications from communities that are interested in working across sectors to prevent suicides and improve mental and behavioral health in the state. Teams will build collaboratives within their communities and benefit from peer learning with each other to better understand the context and impacts of suicide and related issues, as well as design and implement strategies to respond effectively.

Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is July 28.

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