In 2012, Davidson experienced 5 suicides and 12 attempted suicides. Two high school students, a middle aged adult male, a veteran, and an older adult were in such a hopeless place that each took his or her life. Our experience that year was five times the national average. This cannot stand. For each attempted suicide and each completed suicide, many lives are affected. According to The Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Guidelines, 115 people are affected by each suicide.
We know that in a community like Davidson, the single greatest barrier to mental health services is stigma. What will people think? What’s wrong with my family? I must be the only one. The truth is far different. One in four of us will deal with a mental illness in any given year. Think about all of the people you know. 1 in 4.
Davidson LifeLine is fortunate to have incredible community partners sitting at our table: Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Mental Health America of the Greater Carolinas, clergy, mental health professionals, parents and a high school leadership team. Together, we look to eliminate barriers to care.
In the wake of the devastating suicides and suicide attempts of 2012, Mayor John Woods gathered town leaders, while concerned parents had meetings of their own—Why here? Why now? And, most importantly, what can we do? From those first meetings of concerned and worried community members, Davidson LifeLine launched. Starting as a town initiative, led by citizens, Davidson LifeLine gained its non-profit 501(c)(3) status in August, 2014.
Davidson LifeLine is integrally linked with the Town of Davidson and with Carolina HealthCare System’s Behavioral Health Hospital.