On Thursday, October 10, 2019, which is World Mental Health Day, Healthy Alliance Charlotte is hosting a luncheon and panel on the important topic of Mental Health, Help and Hope. Vital Insights: Understanding Depression and Suicide as part of their Community Health Classroom.

The Facts:

  • On average, one person dies by suicide every 6 hours in North Carolina.
  • Suicide is now the state’s second-leading cause of death for children 10 to 17 years, only behind motor vehicle accidents.
  • Suicide is preventable.

The Event:

  • 12:00PM – 1:30PM
  • At Oxford Hall at Myers Park Presbyterian Church
  • Members: $40.00 and General Admission: $45.00
  • Keynote & Panel Moderator Dr. Erica Herman, Clinical Physician Executive, Psychiatry Market Leader Novant Health
  • Panelist Victor Armstrong, MSW, VP of Behavioral Health Services Atrium Health and facility executive of Behavior Health Charlotte
  • Panelist Tom Gettelman, PhD., Chief Clinical Officer and Director of Admissions HopeWay
  • Panelist Ian Murray, M.Ed., L.P.C., Southeast Psych
  • Also featuring: Missy Willis, MHA Storyteller, will share her story of loss and hope.

Key Objectives: The Classroom keynote and expert panelists will discuss mental illness, depression and suicide.

  • Understand accurate biological information
  • Learn how to recognize the warning signs and start a conversation
  • Take action
    • Increase awareness of resources available and know how to access help
    • Intentionally combat stigma around mental illness
    • Support efforts to improve access to mental healthcare services

This is such a timely and important event, particularly as it is occurring on World Mental Health Day, and given the increasing rates of child suicide in our state and county.
Suicide is NC’s second-leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 17, trailing only motor vehicle accidents.
Mecklenburg County’s numbers are the highest in the state with 24 deaths between 2013 and 2017. That’s nine more incidents than any other county in NC. Suicide is a community issue and it will require a community response
.” — Victor Armstrong, Vice President of Behavioral Health Services and Facility Executive of Behavioral Health-Charlotte, Atrium Health