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NASW-NC Member Victor Armstrong Featured in NC Health News AND CrisisTalk!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Seth Maid
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North Carolina Health News


Charlotte’s jail had five suicides last year and Mecklenburg County had 24 teen and child suicides from 2013 to 2017, nine more than any other North Carolina county, noted Victor Armstrong, vice president of Atrium’s behavioral health services, who spoke at both events. In comparison, Wake County had 14 young people commit suicide in the same time frame.


He made the point that suicide touches every community, especially veterans, first responders, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and lesbian, gay and bisexual children.


“Suicide doesn’t care if you’re young or old, gay or straight,” Armstrong said at the Atrium event. “It’s not an issue in the black community or the white community or the Latino community, it is an issue in our community. It’s a public health issue that will require a public response, a community response.”


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Crisis Talk


Three years ago, Victor Armstrong, MSW, Vice President of Behavioral Health at Atrium Health, launched Let’s Talk, a platform for in-person discussions on the intersections between organizational culture, implicit bias, and mental health crises. At the time, the Charlotte, NC, community was reeling after police officer Brentley Vinson killed Keith L. Scott on September 20, 2016, and tensions began to rise around the issue of race and the use of deadly force by police officers. The strain was exacerbated by heated political rhetoric stemming from the 2016 presidential race. Silence, says Armstrong, wasn’t going to improve the situation.


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