The rate of death by suicide in the United States has increased by 24% in the past 15 years. "In 2008, suicide was the fourth leading cause of injury death in North Carolina and was among the top five leading causes of injury death for North Carolinians aged 10 years and older.”- North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.
In 2012, over 400,000 Black North Carolina residents died by suicide. Dream the Impossible, Inc. is a nonprofit, mental health awareness organization that was formed to reverse the rates of death by suicide, especially in the Black community. Through speaking engagements, youth development, and service activities, DTI will rescind the stigma of mental health and promote healthy and positive practices.