DYK September is National Suicide Prevention Month? We’ve covered adult + childrens’ mental health resources before, but because mental health affects people year-round, it’s a good time to talk about it — especially since some experts fear the pandemic may drive suicide rates higher. Having lost both friends + family to suicide, I feel it’s particularly important to highlight suicide prevention this year, as it’s been incredibly challenging for virtually everyone.
Thankfully, there are local resources to help those who are struggling.
NAMI Western Carolina’s office will remain closed until the state enters Phase 3, but nearly all NC NAMI affiliates have transitioned in-person programs + support groups to virtual meetings. NAMI North Carolina is allowing North Carolina residents to access any affiliate program or support group regardless of where in the state they reside. Find all the NC NAMI programs + groups here.
Talking about suicide prevention once during a month dedicated to it is is definitely not the last time we should have this conversation, but it’s a good place to start. Please remember to check on your friends and loved ones who may be struggling during this challenging time.
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ComingSoon ○ A Hobby Lobby craft store + a Marshalls department store are coming to Weaverville. In late August, the Weaverville Town Council approved a water line extension for Northridge Commons retail businesses beside the Dollar Tree. A third business is also coming, but it’s not currently known what it will be. 🏗️ (The Weaverville Tribune)
Trending ○ Officials have since closed a section of Hazel Creek Trail + campsite 82 after hikers in the Hazel Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park discovered human remains Sept. 11. Law enforcement noticed a black bear actively scavenging on the remains and euthanized it. The case remains under active investigation. 🐻 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Active ○ Ready for WNC’s only sprint triathlon? The Hendersonville Triathlon takes place Sept. 20 at Patton Park in Hendersonville. 150 multi-sport athletes will dive into the 400-meter pool swim at Patton Park, followed by the 12.5-mile bike ride and 5K race which will use portions of the Oklawaha Greenway. Can’t make it or don’t feel comfortable participating in-person? There’s also a virtual option. Register here. 👟
WaterCooler ○ UNC Asheville Director of Athletics Janet Cone will host a webinar on basketball bubbles on ZoomSept. 23 at 11 a.m. Along with UNC Asheville’s head men’s basketball Coach Mike Morrell + head women’s basketball Coach Honey Brown, Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade + Big South Commissioner Kyle Kallander will discuss the feasibility of playing basketball in a bubble and the 2020-21 season. Join here. 🏀
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Events ○ African American Business Association on Collaboration | Tues., Sept. 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Gene Ettison + J. Hackett, owners of Asheville’s first Black-owned coffee shop, GRIND coffee shop + co-working space, discuss the benefits of collaboration as an entrepreneur.
FeaturedEvent ○ 10th Annual Justice Forum | Fri., Oct. 1 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Pisgah Legal Services welcomes speaker Clint Smith, known for his writing, poetry and teaching surrounding justice, community and education. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Serviceshere. As of Monday afternoon, 2,760 cases and 72 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County.
○As of Sept. 12, NC health officials say they have announced a total of 183,740 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state, with a total of 2,581,132 tests completed to date. The state also reports a total of 156,652 presumed recoveries as of Sept. 7. (WLOS)
○ Despite decreasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Buncombe County, a White House task force has designated NC coronavirus red zone, meaning state health officials reported more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week. Mecklenburg + Wake counties have seen the highest case counts, while Duplin County in the Eastern part of the state reports NC’s highest per capita rate of 358 cases per 100,000 residents. This is more than three times higher than Buncombe County’s rate of 104 cases per 100,000 residents.(Mountain Xpress)
○ Career reassessment during COVID-19 is trending across the country, and Buncombe County is no exception. In April, unemployment in Buncombe County spiked at 17.5%, with a job loss of 36,400. While the situation is improving, career changes in the area include a switch frombartending to HVAC, event planning to real estate, and even a switch from the aviation industry to pediatric nursing. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
○ A few weeks ago, we told y’all about NC’s swing state status. Local health officials are warning that the state’s battleground status combined with the red zone COVID-19 designation may be a dangerous combination. Public health officials in Buncombe + Henderson counties say they haven’t seen an increase in cases traced back to President Trump’s recent visit to Mills River, but rally attendees still need to follow state mandates. (WLOS)
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