A major goal of C3@356 is to provide crisis prevention, early intervention, response and stabilization services and support as an alternative to emergency department visits and resulting in reduction of inpatient treatment and recidivism. The new location will allow C3@356 to keep all services under one roof, lower wait times, and avoid ED visits. A first-of-it’s-kind model, this facility will serve a large portion of WNC. For more information, visit http://www.c3356.org/
WHERE TO GET HELP
NAMI Four Seasons: (888) 955-6264
NAMI Western North Carolina (Buncombe County): (828) 505-7353 | www.namiwnc.org
NAMI Transylvania County (828) 883-4603
NAMI North Carolina: (800) 451-9682 | www.naminc.org
NAMI National: (800) 950-6264 | www.nami.org
A new 24-hour, urgent care center and crisis facility is open in Asheville.
It’s called C3 356 and it’s located at 356 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville.
C3@356 Biltmore provides 24/7 mental and behavioral health support.
MOBILE CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Please call 911 or visit the emergency room for physical injuries and medical or life-threatening emergencies.
VAYA Health LME/MCO * Access Center: (800) 849-6127 http://vayahealth.com/
VAYA Health is our Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization or LME/MCO for the Henderson/Polk areas for which NAMI Four Seasons serves. If this is your first time in a mental health crisis, make contact with the screening/triage unit of VAYA Health 24/7.
RHA Mobile Crisis Management Team 1-888-573-1006
Walk-in Crisis and Psychiatric Aftercare Centers
120 Chadwick Square Ct. Suite C (upstairs)
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Services available 8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday
Family Preservation Services, 94 White Drive, Columbus, NC 28722
Services available 8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday 828-894-2290
The Free Clinics Hendersonville: (828) 697-8422 | www.thefreeclinics.org
Polk Health Center: (828) 894-2222 | www.brchs.com
Blue Ridge Community Behavioral Health Services: (888) 573-1006 | www.brbh.org
Brevard: Meridian Behaviorial Health Services (828) 631-3973 | www.meridianbhs.org
Suicide statistics for the U.S. are rather alarming; it is the tenth leading cause of death across all ages and particularly affects men, but it shows no preference where skin color or social standing is concerned. Anyone can have suicidal thoughts or practice self-harm, so it is important to know what the warning signs are and to be prepared should it affect someone you love.
The Best Suicide Prevention and Awareness Resources
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Being armed with the facts is the best way to combat suicide. Having valuable resources at hand is one of the keys to making sure individuals who are at risk stay safe. Although suicidal thoughts do not stay within one age group or target a particular type of person, there are some who are more at risk than others. This can include veterans, those who suffer from mood or mental health disorders, people who are living with PTSD following military combat or a stressful event, victims of abuse, and people who have been exposed to the suicide of another person or have a family history of self-harm. If someone you love falls into one of these categories, it’s important to be educated about the warning signs, the dangers, and how to start a conversation about your concerns without pushing them away.
The Center for Disease Control offers several resources for individuals who may be suicidal, including special hotlines for those who have been affected by a stressful event such as a natural disaster. A great resource for those seeking to help a loved one, coworker, or friend in need is Mental Health First Aid. This eight-hour course teaches you how to have a dialogue with someone you suspect is suffering a mental health crisis. Here are some other amazing resources for those who are most at risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Those brave souls who have served time in the military may suffer from PTSD when they return home, which can cause flashbacks, a feeling of guilt or shame, nightmares, lack of sleep, and depression. Seeking treatment with a counselor or therapist is imperative for those living with post-traumatic stress disorder, and there are services specifically designed to help these individuals cope with life after the military.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people aged 10-24, and unfortunately many who fall within that statistic are also LGBTQ–lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. It can be extremely isolating for a young person to try to come to terms with their sexuality, especially if friends and family aren’t supportive, and although many states are making an effort to have trained medical professionals be more inclusive when it comes to sexual education and resources for these individuals, there are still some gaps in the system.
Bullying and family issues are often the cause of suicidal thoughts, so if someone you love is coping with these problems, let them know you’re there for them and offer to help get them in touch with a professional or help line.
Individuals living with substance abuse
Substance abuse can lead to depression, isolation, and suicidal thoughts, so it’s important for individuals who have a problem with drugs or alcohol to seek help as soon as possible. Coping with these issues is not always easy, and there may very well be relapses, so if you’re helping someone, it’s important to remember that blame and guilt have no place in recovery.
Let them know you’re listening and offer to help them find alternative ways to deal with the root cause of their abuse; often, sorting out the reasons why a person drinks or abuses drugs is tricky–childhood abuse, stress from work or family issues, and depression are most common–but getting to the bottom of the situation is usually necessary in order to create a new, healthy path. Talk therapy, group therapy, and art therapy are all ways a person can seek help that have shown tremendous success.